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rogue

[rohg] /roʊg/
noun
1.
a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel.
2.
a playfully mischievous person; scamp:
The youngest boys are little rogues.
3.
a tramp or vagabond.
4.
a rogue elephant or other animal of similar disposition.
5.
Biology. a usually inferior organism, especially a plant, varying markedly from the normal.
verb (used without object), rogued, roguing.
6.
to live or act as a rogue.
verb (used with object), rogued, roguing.
7.
to cheat.
8.
to uproot or destroy (plants, etc., that do not conform to a desired standard).
9.
to perform this operation upon:
to rogue a field.
adjective
10.
(of an animal) having an abnormally savage or unpredictable disposition, as a rogue elephant.
11.
no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable; deviating, renegade:
a rogue cop; a rogue union local.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; apparently short for obsolete roger begging vagabond, orig. cant word
Related forms
outrogue, verb (used with object), outrogued, outroguing.
underrogue, noun
Can be confused
rogue, rouge.
Synonyms
1. villain, trickster, swindler, cheat, mountebank, quack. See knave.
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British Dictionary definitions for underrogue

rogue

/rəʊɡ/
noun
1.
a dishonest or unprincipled person, esp a man; rascal; scoundrel
2.
(often jocular) a mischievous or wayward person, often a child; scamp
3.
a crop plant which is inferior, diseased, or of a different, unwanted variety
4.
  1. any inferior or defective specimen
  2. (as modifier): rogue heroin
5.
(archaic) a vagrant
6.
  1. an animal of vicious character that has separated from the main herd and leads a solitary life
  2. (as modifier): a rogue elephant
verb
7.
  1. (transitive) to rid (a field or crop) of plants that are inferior, diseased, or of an unwanted variety
  2. to identify and remove such plants
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin; perhaps related to Latin rogāre to beg
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Word Origin and History for underrogue

rogue

n.

1560s, "idle vagrant," perhaps a shortened form of roger (with a hard -g-), thieves' slang for a begging vagabond who pretends to be a poor scholar from Oxford or Cambridge, which is perhaps an agent noun in English from Latin rogare "to ask." Another theory [Klein] traces it to Celtic (cf. Breton rog "haughty"); OED says, "There is no evidence of connexion with F. rogue 'arrogant.' "

In playful or affectionate use, "one who is mischievous," 1590s. Meaning "large wild beast living apart from the herd" is from 1859, originally of elephants. Meaning "something uncontrolled or undisciplined" is from 1964. Also common in 17c. as a verb. Rogue's gallery "police collection of mug shots" is attested from 1859.

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