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roguish

[roh-gish] /ˈroʊ gɪʃ/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or acting like a rogue; knavish or rascally.
2.
playfully mischievous:
a roguish smile.
Origin of roguish
1565-1575
1565-75; rogue + -ish1
Related forms
roguishly, adverb
roguishness, noun
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  • Mr. Golding was sadly pleasant; Carrie was roguishly observant, but womanly and quiet.

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

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

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • 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
  • She winked at me roguishly, and patted her heavy handbag significantly.

    Sense from Thought Divide Mark Irvin Clifton
  • "You wouldn't have that difficulty with Aunt Rachel," said Jack, roguishly.

    Timothy Crump's Ward Horatio Alger
  • "He doesn't know what he is talking about," she said, roguishly, over her shoulder.

    Two Little Confederates Thomas Nelson Page
  • "I guess folks yarn about them, more than the graves yawn," said Agnes, roguishly.

  • "I saw you on the upper side once," retorted Jack roguishly.

    Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals William H. Armstrong
British Dictionary definitions for roguishly

roguish

/ˈrəʊɡɪʃ/
adjective
1.
dishonest or unprincipled
2.
mischievous or arch
Derived Forms
roguishly, adverb
roguishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for roguishly

roguish

adj.

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

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