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Related to roguishness: mischievousness, waggishly


1. Deceitful; unprincipled: Set adrift by his roguish crew, the captain of the ship spent a week alone at sea.
2. Playfully mischievous: a roguish grin.

rogu′ish·ly adv.
rogu′ish·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.roguishness - the trait of indulging in disreputable pranks
mischievousness, naughtiness, badness - an attribute of mischievous children
2.roguishness - reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in othersroguishness - reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed - improper or wicked or immoral behavior
blaze, hell - noisy and unrestrained mischief; "raising blazes"
monkey business - mischievous or deceitful behavior
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism - willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others


Annoying yet harmless, usually playful acts:
Informal: shenanigan (often used in plural).
References in classic literature ?
He will now and again, screwing up his courage by a tremendous effort, plunge into roguishness.
It was the spirits and the intelligence, combined with inordinate roguishness, that made him what he was.
Mary looked up with some roguishness at Fred, and that look of hers was very dear to him, though the eyes were nothing more than clear windows where observation sat laughingly.
But my companion knew very well what he was doing; and for as simple as he was in some things of life, had a great fund of roguishness in such affairs as these.
It's not just the lovable roguishness, it's the burst of pace, the upper-body strength and the willingness to run at the opposition from deep.
This stranger, carrying a backpack and stick, combines signs of youth, death, and a kind of roguishness that defies bourgeois conventions.
Defined by an "America"-rich ethos of linguistic roguishness and the expansive certainty in the defining powers of both the unimpeded imagination and the supple plentitude of words, Roth's fictive presence emerged into the American literary stream shaped, in the words of his cunningly persistent character Nathan Zuckerman, by an "identity .
When Jeff was arrested at SM San Lazaro, he was spotting possible victims to rob," Padilla said, claiming familiarity with the duo's alleged roguishness in their neighborhood.
In fact, many of Tolstoy's greatest heroes and heroines are characterized by their roguishness, by their ability to transcend seemingly fixed boundaries.
Horse racing has always possessed a faint whiff of roguishness, a sense that, away from the sport's highest echelons, were you to lightly scratch the surface, evidence of smallscale wrong doing and fixing would become immediately apparent.