roach

1
[ rohch ]
/ roʊtʃ /

noun

a cockroach.
Slang. the butt of a marijuana cigarette.

Origin of roach

1
1830–40, Americanism; 1940–45, Americanism for def 2; short form of cockroach

Definition for roach (2 of 4)

roach

2
[ rohch ]
/ roʊtʃ /

noun, plural roach·es, (especially collectively) roach.

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 roach

2
1275–1325; Middle English roche < Old French < ?

Definition for roach (3 of 4)

roach

3
[ rohch ]
/ roʊtʃ /

noun

Nautical.
  1. the upward curve at the foot of a square sail.
  2. (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.

verb (used with object)

to clip or cut off (the mane of a horse); hog.
to comb (hair) into a roach.

Origin of roach

3
First recorded in 1785–95; origin uncertain

Definition for roach (4 of 4)

Roach

[ rohch ]
/ roʊtʃ /

noun

MaxwellMax, 1924–2007, U.S. jazz drummer and bandleader.

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roach

1
/ (rəʊtʃ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for roach (2 of 4)

roach

2
/ (rəʊtʃ) /

noun

short for cockroach
slang the butt of a cannabis cigarette

British Dictionary definitions for roach (3 of 4)

roach

3
/ (rəʊtʃ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for roach (4 of 4)

Roach

/ (rəʊtʃ) /

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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