rogue
Pronunciation
  • (RP) enPR: rōg, IPA: /ˈɹəʊ̯ɡ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɹoʊ̯ɡ/
Noun

rogue (plural rogues)

  1. A scoundrel, rascal or unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person.
    • 1834, Sir Walter Scott, The abbott: being a sequel to The monastery, Volume 19 ↗
      And meet time it was, when yon usher, vinegar-faced rogue that he is, began to inquire what popish trangam you were wearing […]
    • July 18 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises[http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-dark-knight-rises-review-batman,82624/]
      As The Dark Knight Rises brings a close to Christopher Nolan’s staggeringly ambitious Batman trilogy, it’s worth remembering that director chose The Scarecrow as his first villain—not necessarily the most popular among the comic’s gallery of rogues, but the one who set the tone for entire series.
  2. A mischievous scamp.
    • c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
      Ah, you sweet little rogue, you!
  3. A vagrant.
  4. (computing) Deceitful software pretending to be anti-spyware, but in fact being malicious software itself.
  5. An aggressive animal separate from the herd, especially an elephant.
  6. A plant that shows some undesirable variation.
    • 2000 Carol Deppe, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, Totnes: Chelsea Green Pub.
      Maintaining varieties also requires selection, however. It's usually referred to as culling or roguing. ...we examine the [plant] population and eliminate the occasional rogue.
  7. (role-playing games) A character class focusing on stealthy conduct.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: invasor (Brazil), pirata (Portugal), sistema não autorizado, sistema não controlado (Portugal)
  • Russian: лжеантиви́рус
Adjective

rogue

  1. (of an animal, especially an elephant) Vicious and solitary.
  2. (by extension) Large, destructive and unpredictable.
  3. (by extension) Deceitful, unprincipled.
    • 2004: Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      In the minds of Republican hard-liners, the "Silent Majority" of Americans who had elected the President, and even Nixon's two Democrat predecessors, China was a gigantic nuke-wielding rogue state prepared to overrun the free world at any moment.
  4. Mischievous, unpredictable.
Translations Translations Verb

rogue (rogues, present participle roguing; past and past participle rogued)

  1. (horticulture) To cull; to destroy plants not meeting a required standard, especially when saving seed, rogue or unwanted plants are removed before pollination.
    • 2000 Carol Deppe, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, Totnes: Chelsea Green Pub.
      Maintaining varieties also requires selection, however. It's usually referred to as culling or roguing. ...we examine the [plant] population and eliminate the occasional rogue.
  2. (transitive, dated) To cheat.
    • 1883, Prairie Farmer (volume 55, page 29)
      And then to think that Mark should have rogued me of five shiners! He was clever—that's a fact.
  3. (obsolete) To give the name or designation of rogue to; to decry.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To wander; to play the vagabond; to play knavish tricks.

Rogue
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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