Definition of roguish in English:



  • 1Characteristic of a dishonest or unprincipled person.

    ‘he led a roguish and uncertain existence’
    • ‘Bill, roguish but engaging and relaxed, held the crowd rapt.’
    • ‘Their only real diversions are the films shown at the local picture house, along with the odd illicit screening of banned pictures smuggled into the country by a roguish hotel owner.’
    • ‘They are brought together after 17 years when the roguish patriarch returns to the fold, apparently dying of cancer.’
    • ‘There is an awkward hero, there are a whole band of roguish characters, and there is the requisite bad guy.’
    • ‘He's intelligent, roguish and utterly plausible making every action both incredible and utterly believable.’
    • ‘The roguish Milo steals the show and is completed Maura, his wife, in a more consolatory role.’
    • ‘The company is a decidedly mixed bunch, and inevitably a few ‘dirty stories’ are told by the more roguish members of the group.’
    • ‘Romantic comedies pitch likeable young girls with roguish rough men, usually resulting in a personality transformation for the latter as he falls in love with the girl of his dreams.’
    • ‘He's a creation of note, that's for sure: smug, weasely, roguish.’
    unprincipled, dishonest, deceitful, unscrupulous, untrustworthy, reprobate, shameless, wicked, villainous
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  • 2Playfully mischievous.

    ‘he gave her a roguish smile’
    • ‘His face cracks into a lop-sided, roguish grin.’
    • ‘John winked at me with the roguish charm for which he is renowned and I took it as camaraderie.’
    • ‘The piece is pretty and roguish, but is never anything more than predictable.’
    • ‘With her roguish good humor and her unself-consciousness, she has a presence that simply pops.’
    • ‘The actor's roguish, rough-and-tumble approach isn't well-suited to playing a heroic type, and his version of the Greek king lacks both presence and charisma.’
    • ‘I have a hard time imagining that this character in the novels is quite the shaggy surfer dude with a vestigial southern accent and laid back roguish charms that he is in the film.’
    • ‘He lends Pseudolus his own brand of roguish geniality: even the moment when his eyes lasciviously follow a courtesan's rotating hips is purged of offence by his unthreatening charm.’
    • ‘He is the sort of womaniser who never allows himself to stay in a relationship for too long, while she hasn't counted on being won over by his roguish charms.’
    • ‘With his trousers hoisted slightly too high above his waist, long grey hair grazing his collar and a roguish glint in his eye, he charmed us all instantly with a combination of naivety and directness.’
    • ‘It's that roguish spirit that unites these tracks into a glorious whole.’
    • ‘Edgar is an ex-stuntman who hides his machismo behind a roguish grin.’
    • ‘Certainly there's a picaresque or roguish quality to many of the characters and elaborately exaggerated situations presented here, but that only tells part of the tale.’
    mischievous, playful, teasing, cheeky, naughty, wicked, impish, puckish, devilish, arch, waggish, rakish, raffish
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