- the upward curve at the foot of a square sail.
- (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.
- to clip or cut off (the mane of a horse); hog.
- to comb (hair) into a roach.
Origin of roach3
Examples from the Web for roached
Historical Examples of roached
It was one of them blue roans, with a long tail, and a roached mane.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher
His hair was always, I would call it—in mine and your day—roached.Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Roached back and parted nearer the middle, the wound would be obscured.Dreamy Hollow
Sumner Charles Britton
If he gets it roached up on both sides that will make me look like a horizontal-bar performer, which is his idea of manly beauty.Cobb's Anatomy
Irvin S. Cobb
Bill roached it up with a turn of the forefinger, 148 using the back of it, which was rough, like a corn-cob.The Bondboy
George W. (George Washington) Ogden
- arched convexly, as the back of certain breeds of dog, such as the whippet
Word Origin for roached
- 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
- short for cockroach
- slang the butt of a cannabis cigarette
- 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
- 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
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.