- a jail.
Origin of hoosegow
Examples from the Web for hoosegow
Historical Examples of hoosegow
"The boss is in the hoosegow," answered Pete, his voice tragic.Good References
E. J. Rath
It's a long walk down to the hoosegow and I don't want to take you there.Young People's Pride
Stephen Vincent Benet
The next thing I heard, two men we've been keeping an eye on were in the hoosegow, one with a slug in his shoulder.The Wailing Octopus
Harold Leland Goodwin
It would infuriate the Judge to sentence those buzzards to the hoosegow for life.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
- US a slang word for jail
Word Origin for hoosegow
Word Origin and History for hoosegow
"jail," 1911, western U.S., probably from mispronunciation of Mexican Spanish juzgao "tribunal, court," from juzgar "to judge," used as a noun, from Latin judicare "to judge," which is related to judicem (see judge (v.)).