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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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  • Mr. Golding was sadly pleasant; Carrie was roguishly observant, but womanly and quiet.

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • "He doesn't know what he is talking about," she said, roguishly, over her shoulder.

    Two Little Confederates Thomas Nelson Page
  • The dagger was ‘good for killing fish,’ he said roguishly; and was supposed to have his eye upon fish upon two legs.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "I saw you on the upper side once," retorted Jack roguishly.

    Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals William H. Armstrong
  • He promised me, roguishly enough, that he would have thought of a better than that by the time he sighted Cape Clear.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • “Yes, I went to carry my cousin home,” retorted Patricia roguishly.

  • "You wouldn't have that difficulty with Aunt Rachel," said Jack, roguishly.

    Timothy Crump's Ward Horatio Alger
  • He pushed the sunbonnet back and patted her roguishly on the head.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • "I guess folks yarn about them, more than the graves yawn," said Agnes, roguishly.

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

    Sense from Thought Divide Mark Irvin Clifton
British Dictionary definitions for roguishly


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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