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

Origin of roguish

First recorded in 1565–75; rogue + -ish1
Related formsro·guish·ly, adverbro·guish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for roguishly

Historical Examples of roguishly

  • “Yes, I went to carry my cousin home,” retorted Patricia roguishly.

  • "You would not say so did you but know what I know," she informed me roguishly.

  • He pushed the sunbonnet back and patted her roguishly on the head.


    Anna Balmer Myers

  • She winked at me roguishly, and patted her heavy handbag significantly.

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    Mark Irvin Clifton

  • Out of this canopy she looked up at the brawny, serious man, roguishly.

British Dictionary definitions for roguishly



dishonest or unprincipled
mischievous or arch
Derived Formsroguishly, adverbroguishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for roguishly



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

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