Origin of roach1
noun, plural roach·es, (especially collectively) roach.
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.
verb (used with object)
Origin of roach3
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|Brandy Zadrozny|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You are what you eat,” Roach writes, “but more than that, you are how you eat.
“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|Winston Ross|January 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.
This I am aware is the regulation mode amongst Thames and Lea roach anglers; but its clumsiness always forbade my cultivating it.Lines in Pleasant Places|William Senior
The most unique character of all was Maj. Roach or old Quicker-nor-that as he became known.Drum Taps in Dixie|Delavan S. Miller
It is formed of cheap mixed metal, was found in London, and presented to the collection by Mr. Roach Smith.Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places|Frederick William Fairholt
It is right to say that Mr. Roach Smith utterly rejects the second story.A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land|William R. Hughes
The Roach is a handsome fish, and when taken of the size of half a pound or a pound, are not such bad eating as is said of them.Blacker's Art of Fly Making, &c.|William Blacker
noun plural roaches or roach
Word Origin for roach
Word Origin 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.