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[roj-erz] /ˈrɒdʒ ərz/
Bernard, 1893–1968, U.S. composer.
Bruce, 1870–1957, U.S. book designer and printer.
Carl (Ransom) 1902–87, U.S. psychologist.
Ginger (Virginia Katherine McMath) 1911–1995, U.S. actress and dancer: longtime partner of Fred Astaire.
James Gamble, 1867–1947, U.S. architect.
John, 1829–1904, U.S. sculptor.
Robert, 1731–95, American pioneer and commander in the British regular army during the French and Indian War.
Samuel, 1763–1855, English poet.
Will(iam Penn Adair)
[uh-dair] /əˈdɛər/ (Show IPA),
1879–1935, U.S. actor and humorist.
William P(ierce) 1913–2001, U.S. lawyer: Attorney General 1957–61; secretary of state 1969–73.
a city in NW Arkansas.


[roj-er] /ˈrɒdʒ ər/
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “fame” and “spear.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was no chance for Mr. Rogers to answer or to interrupt me.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • If you look on the back of the spoon, you will perhaps see "Rogers Bros. 1846."

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • On Wednesday morning soon after ten o'clock Mr. Rogers, on his way downtown, came to the Waldorf.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • Well, go on, Rogers,” cried several voices; “what did you do next?

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • Rogers is ready, strapped and great-coated, with a flaming eye in the middle of his waist, like a deformed Cyclops.

    Reprinted Pieces Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for Rogers


Ginger, real name Virginia McMath. 1911–95, US dancer and film actress, who partnered Fred Astaire
Richard, Baron Rogers of Riverside. born 1933, British architect. His works include the Pompidou Centre in Paris (1971–77; with Renzo Piano), the Lloyd's building in London (1986), the Millennium Dome in Greenwich (1999), and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 (2008)
William Penn Adair, known as Will. 1879–1935, US actor, newspaper columnist, and humorist in the homespun tradition


(used in signalling, telecommunications, etc) message received Compare wilco
an expression of agreement
(slang) (of a man) to copulate (with)
Usage note
The verb sense of this word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary. However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use
Word Origin
C20: from the name Roger, representing R for received
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Rogers


masc. proper name, from Old French Rogier, from Old High German Hrotger, literally "famous with the spear," from hruod- "fame, glory" + ger "spear" (see gar (n.)). As a generic name for "a person," attested from 1630s. Slang meaning "penis" was popular c.1650-c.1870; hence the slang verb sense of "to copulate with (a woman)," attested from 1711.

The use of the word in radio communication to mean "yes, I understand" is attested from 1941, from the U.S. military phonetic alphabet word for the letter -R-, in this case an abbreviation for "received." Said to have been used by the R.A.F. since 1938. The Jolly Roger pirate flag is first attested 1723, of unknown origin; jolly here has its otherwise obsolete Middle English sense "high-hearted, gallant." Roger de Coverley, once a favorite English country dance, is so called from 1685, in reference to Addison's character in the "Spectator." French roger-bontemps "jovial, carefree man," is attested there from 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Rogers in Medicine

Rogers , Carl Ransom. 1902-1987.

American psychologist who founded humanistic psychology

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for Rogers



Yes; I understand; ok: Get your asses over there, Roger

[WWII armed forces; fr the US military phonetic alphabet word designating R for ''received,'' said also to have been used by the Royal Air Force by 1938]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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