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[roh-gish] /ˈroʊ gɪʃ/
pertaining to, characteristic of, or acting like a rogue; knavish or rascally.
playfully mischievous:
a roguish smile.
Origin of roguish
1565-75; rogue + -ish1
Related forms
roguishly, adverb
roguishness, noun Unabridged
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  • But Maida made up her mind that she was going to learn sometime, even, as she said with a roguish smile, if it took a leg.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • “Jim Larkins,” corrected Brick, with a roguish look at Hamp.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Brass, the roguish confederate of Dick Amlet, and acting as his servant.

  • It is an admirable study of expression, of piquant, roguish smiles.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2) Edmondo de Amicis
  • I see the roguish face of my baby brother, whose perfect beauty was long since hid under the coffin lid.

    Folly as It Flies Fanny Fern
British Dictionary definitions for roguish


dishonest or unprincipled
mischievous or arch
Derived Forms
roguishly, adverb
roguishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for roguish

1570s, from rogue + -ish. Related: Roguishly; roguishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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