a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel.
a playfully mischievous person; scamp: The youngest boys are little rogues.
a tramp or vagabond.
a rogue elephant or other animal of similar disposition.
Biology. a usually inferior organism, especially a plant, varying markedly from the normal.
to live or act as a rogue.
to uproot or destroy (plants, etc., that do not conform to a desired standard).
to perform this operation upon: to rogue a field.
(of an animal) having an abnormally savage or unpredictable disposition, as a rogue elephant.
no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable; renegade: a rogue cop; a rogue union local.
dangerous and unpredictable: a rogue snowstorm.
of or noting a nation or state that defies international treaties, laws, etc.: rogue states that threaten world peace.
- outrogue, verb (used with object), out·rogued, out·ro·guing.
- rogue , rouge
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How to use rogue in a sentence
In addition, the campaign to identify and report rogue traders has led to the closure of almost 4,300 counterfeit-goods workshops in China.The Unlikely New Champion of Consumer Rights: China | Charu Kasturi | December 17, 2020 | Ozy
“Big tech is being scapegoated for fundamental flaws in our rogue capitalist system,” says O’Reilly.
In the 2016 presidential election, several electors went rogue.San Diego’s Electoral College Crew Gets Ready to Vote | Randy Dotinga | November 27, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The coronavirus forced Wisconsin to opt out of its game with Nebraska this week, causing Nebraska to try to go rogue and schedule a random matchup against Chattanooga.
Reining in rogue scientists would also require setting up a way for whistleblowers to report possible unapproved research.Strict new guidelines lay out a path to heritable human gene editing | Tina Hesman Saey | September 3, 2020 | Science News
Closed courthouses, rogue clerks, and misleading statements from the attorney general as Florida welcomes same-sex marriage.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over | Jay Michaelson | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The duo have five of these rogue installations under their belts, with another coming in early 2015.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project | James Joiner | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips.Aging Cuban Exiles And Their Lawmakers Bypassed by White House | Romina Ruiz-Goiriena | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Once he graduated in 2006, Simien took a job as a publicity assistant at rogue, then a division of Focus Features.‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films | Marlow Stern | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And, unlike former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, McDonnell didn't try to portray himself as a loveable rogue.Virginia’s Ex-Governor Is a Political Crook For Our Times | Ben Jacobs | September 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Mr. Howard, dupe or rogue, was extremely busy in publishing to the world the particulars of this extraordinary case.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
How daintily they sip it; how happy they seem; how that lucky rogue of an Irishman prattles away!Little Travels and Roadside Sketches | William Makepeace Thackeray
The nimble little rogue darted into a hole before kitty could even get her paw on his tail.The Nursery, November 1881, Vol. XXX | Various
The waiter, a quick-witted rogue enough, seemed to be thoroughly enjoying this midnight conversation.A Butterfly on the Wheel | Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
"Come hither, rogue," said the baron on Gilbert affecting not to hurry himself out of his usual walk.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for rogue
a dishonest or unprincipled person, esp a man; rascal; scoundrel
often jocular a mischievous or wayward person, often a child; scamp
a crop plant which is inferior, diseased, or of a different, unwanted variety
any inferior or defective specimen
(as modifier): rogue heroin
archaic a vagrant
an animal of vicious character that has separated from the main herd and leads a solitary life
(as modifier): a rogue elephant
(tr) to rid (a field or crop) of plants that are inferior, diseased, or of an unwanted variety
to identify and remove such plants
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