- a jail.
Origin of hoosegow
Examples from the Web for hoosgow
Historical Examples of hoosgow
We was kind of ashamed to come back, right off, after they turned us loose from the hoosgow.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories
Albert Payson Terhune
After all the time youve spent in the hoosgow since you joined, I should think youd know that.
- US a slang word for jail
Word Origin for hoosegow
Word Origin and History for hoosgow
"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.)).