Idioms

    to the max, to the greatest or furthest degree; totally: That book is disgusting to the max.

Origin of max

by shortening

Max

[maks]

noun

a male given name, form of Maximilian.

MAX

Trademark.

Cinemax: a cable television channel.

max.

Roach

[rohch]

noun

MaxwellMax, 1924–2007, U.S. jazz drummer and bandleader.
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Historical Examples of max

  • If he ever suspected any lack of finer fiber in Max, he put the thought away.

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  • Max had new friends, new social obligations; his time was taken up.

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  • Max, cigarette in hand, was coming across, under the ailanthus tree.

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  • Max had roused at the sound of Le Moyne's voice, not to suspicion, of course, but to memory.

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  • "I'm not absolutely useless where I am, you know, Max," he said.

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British Dictionary definitions for max

max

noun informal

the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
to the max to the ultimate extent
See also max out

max.

abbreviation for

maximum

roach

1

noun plural roaches or roach

a European freshwater cyprinid food fish, Rutilus rutilus, having a deep compressed body and reddish ventral and tail fins
any of various similar fishes

Word Origin for roach

C14: from Old French roche, of obscure origin

roach

2

noun

short for cockroach
slang the butt of a cannabis cigarette

roach

3

noun nautical

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

Word Origin for roach

C18: of unknown origin

Roach

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for max
v.

"to reach the maximum level," by 1986, colloquial, from maximize or related words. Related: Maxed; maxing.

roach

n.1

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.

roach

n.2

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.

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