roguish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj roguish lacking principles or scruples "the rascally rabble","the tyranny of a scoundrelly aristocracy" - W.M. Thackaray","the captain was set adrift by his roguish crew"
    • adj roguish playful in an appealingly bold way "a roguish grin"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Roguish Pleasantly mischievous; waggish; arch. "The most bewitching leer with her eyes, the most roguish cast."
    • Roguish Resembling, or characteristic of, a rogue; knavish.
    • Roguish Vagrant. "His roguish madness
      Allows itself to anything."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • roguish Vagrant; vagabond.
    • roguish Knavish; fraudulent; dishonest.
    • roguish Mischievous; playful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Roguish knavish: mischievous: waggish
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rogue, proud; either from Bret. rok, proud, or acc. to Diez, from Ice. hrók-r, proud.

Usage

In literature:

These red, fishy eyes were always smiling and roguish.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
The elder of the boys looked roguish and enterprising.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
As I still gazed, she suddenly turned, with a roguish toss of the yellow hair, and fixed her serious blue eyes on me.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
She looked back, and I saw a roguish Romney eye lighting a charming profile.
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
She shook her head at him with a roguish smile.
"In Her Own Right" by John Reed Scott
At last the lid was raised, and Yellow Lily peeped down at him, smiling roguishly.
"Stories to Read or Tell from Fairy Tales and Folklore" by Laure Claire Foucher
Phoebe turned and looked up roguishly at her sister, who was still half-way up the stairs.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
It is an admirable study of expression, of piquant, roguish smiles.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
She'd a figure like a wand for grace, and an eye half-melting, half-roguish.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Angela, with all her roguish ways, wasn't a patch to this demure Lydia.
"In Château Land" by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
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In poetry:

But Flash had a plan,
In his little roguish head,
Of taking to himself
Walter's bread, bread, bread.
"Walter And His Dog" by Eliza Lee Follen
And he look'd sly with his roguish eye
And gave a well-tim'd wink,
And they could not stand the sound in his hand
For he made the guineas chink.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
Hair in a tangle of silken strings,
Feet coiled roguishly, dainty, small,
Through the air with a sound of wings,
In the apple-tree Marian swings.
"The Swing: A Villanelle" by David Gow
How does he sleep? He winks
Twice with his mischief eyes;
Dozes a bit; then lies
Down with a sigh; then thinks
Over some roguish play,
And is up and away!
"Tony" by Clara Doty Bates
Yonder seeking, finding yonder
That which in the morning-grove
She had lost through roguish Love,
All her breast's first aspirations,
And her heart's calm meditations,
To the shady wood so fair
"The German Parnassus" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I know thee well ! thy yellow hair
In silky waves I oft have seen;
Thy dimpled face, so fresh and fair,
Thy roguish smile, thy playful mien
Were all to me, poor Orphan, known,
Ere Fate had left thee—all alone!
"All Alone" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

With her sunset alto, bullish career independence, and soulful country songs, Lynne sometimes seems like a roguish loner from the traveling cast of Coyote Ugly.
Roguish Bearer of 'Bad News'.
Met Book Looking More Roguish in Paperback.
A freed slave, a roguish fellow, stows away on a ship in New Orleans to avoid creditors and a forced marriage, not realizing the clipper is bound for Africa to capture slaves.
Roguish Bearer of 'Bad News'.
Badanes also is "a founder of Jersey Devil Design /Build, a roguish group of designer -builders who built their own ecologically oriented designs while living on site," the story says, and is one of the four creators of the Fremont Troll.
You can almost see the twinkle in Corb Lund 's eye throughout "Cabin Fever," an album of pithy mischief and roguish charm, due out on Tuesday.
Set in the sweltering jungles of Belize, featuring a roguish millionaire gone native, vicious dogs, firearms and the murder of an American expat.
Add a few pouty princesses, a roguish prince, and we'll have a royal romp.
Met Book Looking More Roguish in Paperback .
A roguish operator The Economist.
If there's one thing mainstream TV definitely doesn't have enough of, it's charming roguish male protagonists who manage to do their jobs incredibly despite their crippling personal flaws.
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