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[roh-gish] /ˈroʊ gɪʃ/
pertaining to, characteristic of, or acting like a rogue; knavish or rascally.
playfully mischievous:
a roguish smile.
Origin of roguish
1565-75; rogue + -ish1
Related forms
roguishly, adverb
roguishness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for roguish
  • The big question now is who will play the roguish private eye as he tackles cases no one else wants to handle.
  • With a roguish wink here and there, they let on that they were devils in their day.
  • The money is presumably empowering roguish characters as well as good ones, and setting some tribes against others.
  • And, with a roguish smile, he illustrated his remark with a twist of his two clenched hands.
  • What there is in this roguish little lark is probably as artfully concocted as it is possible for such a thing to be.
British Dictionary definitions for roguish


dishonest or unprincipled
mischievous or arch
Derived Forms
roguishly, adverb
roguishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for roguish

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

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