Origin of rogue

First recorded in 1555–65; apparently short for obsolete roger begging vagabond, orig. cant word

Related forms

out·rogue, verb (used with object), out·rogued, out·ro·guing.un·der·rogue, noun

Can be confused

rogue rouge
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British Dictionary definitions for rogue


/ (rəʊɡ) /



  1. (tr) to rid (a field or crop) of plants that are inferior, diseased, or of an unwanted variety
  2. to identify and remove such plants

Word Origin for rogue

C16: of unknown origin; perhaps related to Latin rogāre to beg
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