[ ri-nig, -neg, -neeg ]
/ rɪˈnɪg, -ˈnɛg, -ˈnig /

verb (used without object), re·neged, re·neg·ing.

Cards. to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play.
to go back on one's word: He has reneged on his promise.

verb (used with object), re·neged, re·neg·ing.

Archaic. to deny; disown; renounce.


Cards. an act or instance of reneging.

Origin of renege

1540–50; earlier renegue < Medieval Latin renegāre, equivalent to re- re- + negāre to deny (cf. negative)

Related forms

re·neg·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for reneger



/ (rɪˈniːɡ, -ˈneɪɡ) /


(intr often foll by on) to go back (on one's promise, etc)

verb, noun

cards other words for revoke

Derived Forms

reneger or reneguer, noun

Word Origin for renege

C16 (in the sense: to deny, renounce): from Medieval Latin renegāre to renounce; see renegade
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