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  1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or acting like a rogue; knavish or rascally.
  2. playfully mischievous: a roguish smile.
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Origin of roguish

First recorded in 1565–75; rogue + -ish1
Related formsro·guish·ly, adverbro·guish·ness, noun
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Related Words for roguish

playful, impish, sly, devilish, crafty, crooked, cunning, deceptive, dishonest, fraudulent, knavish, lying, naughty, puckish, shifty, slick, sneaky, tricky, underhand, underhanded

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British Dictionary definitions for roguish


  1. dishonest or unprincipled
  2. mischievous or arch
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Derived Formsroguishly, adverbroguishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for roguish


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

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