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Origin of rogue

First recorded in 1555–65; origin uncertain, apparently short for obsolete roger “begging vagabond,” originally thieves' jargon

synonym study for rogue

1. See knave.

OTHER WORDS FROM rogue

outrogue, verb (used with object), out·rogued, out·ro·guing.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rogue

rogue , rouge
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How to use rogue in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rogue

rogue
/ (rəʊɡ) /

noun
verb
  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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