[ rohch ]
/ roʊtʃ /


  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.

Nearby words

  1. rnzn,
  2. ro,
  3. ro-ro,
  4. ro.,
  5. roa,
  6. roach back,
  7. roach clip,
  8. roached,
  9. road,
  10. road agent

Origin of roach

First recorded in 1785–95; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for roaching


/ (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


/ (rəʊtʃ) /


short for cockroach
slang the butt of a cannabis cigarette


/ (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


/ (rəʊtʃ) /


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 roaching
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