verb (used without object), re·neged, re·neg·ing.
- Cards. to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play.
- to go back on one’s word: He has reneged on his promise.
verb (used with object), re·neged, re·neg·ing.
- Archaic. to deny; disown; renounce.
- Cards. an act or instance of reneging.
- (intr often foll by on) to go back (on one’s promise, etc)
- cards other words for revoke
1540s, “deny, renounce, abandon,” from Medieval Latin renegare, from Latin re-, here probably an intensive prefix, + negare “deny” (see deny). Meaning “change one’s mind” is from 1784. Related: Reneged; reneging.