Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


M'Intosh and Roger Smith were then persuaded to go with a flag.

If you show talent, will see if I and Roger can settle about some little allowance.

"After, not arter," said Mr. Roger Morton, taking the pipe from his mouth.

"Spoke like yourself, Roger," said Mrs. Morton, with great animation.

Lieutenant Roger Fenton had a lump in his throat when he said good-bye to his boys.

Roger, you will be very careful, won't you, in the trenches?'

She is about to offer him her cheek, then salutes instead, and rushes off, with Roger in pursuit.

Mr. Torrance wets his lips; it must be now or never, 'Not going, Roger?'

Won't you—won't you say something civil to me in return, Roger?'

Roger is not yet prepared to meet him half-way, but he casts a line.


masc. proper name, from Old French Rogier, from Old High German Hrotger, literally "famous with the spear," from hruod- "fame, glory" + ger "spear" (see gar (n.)). As a generic name for "a person," attested from 1630s. Slang meaning "penis" was popular c.1650-c.1870; hence the slang verb sense of "to copulate with (a woman)," attested from 1711.

The use of the word in radio communication to mean "yes, I understand" is attested from 1941, from the U.S. military phonetic alphabet word for the letter -R-, in this case an abbreviation for "received." Said to have been used by the R.A.F. since 1938. The Jolly Roger pirate flag is first attested 1723, of unknown origin; jolly here has its otherwise obsolete Middle English sense "high-hearted, gallant." Roger de Coverley, once a favorite English country dance, is so called from 1685, in reference to Addison's character in the "Spectator." French roger-bontemps "jovial, carefree man," is attested there from 15c.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.