- a cockroach.
- Slang. the butt of a marijuana cigarette.
Origin of roach1
- a European freshwater fish, Rutilus rutilus, of the carp family.
- any of various similar fishes, as the golden shiner.
- a freshwater sunfish of the genus Lepomis, found in eastern North America.
Origin of roach2
- the upward curve at the foot of a square sail.
- (loosely) a convexity given to any of the edges of a sail; round.
- hair combed up from the forehead or temples in a roll or high curve.
- to clip or cut off (the mane of a horse); hog.
- to comb (hair) into a roach.
Origin of roach3
- MaxwellMax, 1924–2007, U.S. jazz drummer and bandleader.
Examples from the Web for roach
Will crunchy parents be running to the pet stores for roach farms?More Germs, Less Asthma? Study Shows Babies Exposed to Bacteria and Dander at Less Risk
June 6, 2014
You are what you eat,” Roach writes, “but more than that, you are how you eat.How to Think With Your Gut
April 9, 2013
“Sure,” the one guy says, and passes over a roach (the end of a joint).Getting a Mile High: Legally Stoned in Colorado After Initiative 64
January 19, 2013
Each bowed his or her head, and Roach responded in turn with a warm, toothy smile.
One morning after meditation, Roach sought me out amidst commotion in the room.
Not a bit of it, Roach; Mark says the fellow mistook you for Cassidy.
Come, come, Roach, don't be angry; it's all past and over now; the fellow did it for the best.
Structurally, said Dr. Boreas of Leamington, structurally you are as sound as a roach.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
A roach snapped idly at him as he floundered past the shoal."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
Besides she had got it into her head that Leonora, who was as sound as a roach, was consumptive.The Good Soldier
Ford Madox Ford
- a European freshwater cyprinid food fish, Rutilus rutilus, having a deep compressed body and reddish ventral and tail fins
- any of various similar fishes
- short for cockroach
- slang the butt of a cannabis cigarette
- the amount by which the leech of a fore-and-aft sail projects beyond an imaginary straight line between the clew and the head
- the curve at the foot of a square sail
- Hal, full name Harald Eugene Roach . 1892–1992, US film producer, whose company produced numerous comedy films in the 1920s and 1930s, including those featuring Harold Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy
Word Origin and History for roach
shortened form of cockroach, 1837, on mistaken notion that it was a compound. In contemporary writing said to be from a polite desire to avoid the sexual connotation in the first syllable. Meaning "butt of a marijuana cigarette" is first recorded 1938, perhaps from resemblance to the insect, but perhaps a different word entirely.
small freshwater fish, c.1200, from Old French roche (13c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Germanic source. Applied to similar-looking fish in North America.