- pertaining to, characteristic of, or acting like a rogue; knavish or rascally.
- playfully mischievous: a roguish smile.
Origin of roguish
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Examples from the Web for roguish
The overall effect was that hirstute Harry looked more dashing and roguish than ever.
For Andrew was once Harry, the roguish younger brother who could do no wrong, but it's a very different story today.Prince Andrew's Lonely Globetrotting Life
September 19, 2013
Even more emphatically, Urquhart—with a roguish smile—turns her picture facedown on his desk.Rewind: BBC’s Iconic Political Thriller ‘House of Cards’ Still Captivates
January 17, 2013
Successfully navigating a personal and professional relationship with the roguish Bond has prepared her for anything.10 Fictional Replacements for CIA Chief David Petraeus
Ben Teitelbaum, Laura Colarusso
November 10, 2012
With a roguish smile, Palin responded, “That sounds like Steve Schmidt!”Sarah Drops the Act
November 18, 2009
With that, there leaped in her such an impulse of roguish gallantry as she could never resist.Alice Adams
What a roguish pair of eyes, after all, the little cap-maker has!
No, Ah Kee, with his roguish tastes, is not to be trusted in the parlor by himself.
Phebe was blushing crimson, but the roguish look was still in her eyes.Frank Merriwell's Cruise
Burt L. Standish
It was as if some roguish poltergeist had suddenly developed in the room.The Shadow World
- dishonest or unprincipled
- mischievous or arch
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Word Origin and History for roguish
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