- a revolver or pistol.
Origin of roscoe
An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; of uncertain origin
- a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “swift” and “horse.”
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Examples from the Web for roscoe
So quipped U.S. Sen. Roscoe Conkling of New York 130 years ago.Let's Talk About the 'Guest Worker' Program
March 11, 2013
In January, Bernie Cervantes Villegas, 36, and Roscoe Cambridge, 29, were killed in separate incidents.Amid Days of Riots, Residents Wonder If Anaheim is Most Dangerous Place on Earth
Maria Elena Fernandez
July 26, 2012
Dr. Roscoe Brown, 87, squadron commander of the 332nd Fighter Group, tells Marlow Stern about being a real Tuskegee Airman.Dr. Roscoe Brown, A Real-Life Tuskegee Airman, Tells His ‘Red Tails’ Story
January 19, 2012
So many to pick from, but one restaurant really has a piece of my heart, literally: Roscoe's Chicken Waffles.Fresh Picks
November 10, 2010
I didn't know but you might say somethin' to her along that line, Roscoe.
And you must let me say this now, Roscoe, because it is true and I mean it.
Roscoe, I have never seen you so prejudiced as you are against our new neighbors.
You started in with Roscoe and the bank and you're in the grave already.
"I'm real glad to see you home safe and sound, Roscoe," she said, calmly.
Word Origin and History for roscoe
"revolver," 1914, criminals' slang, from the proper name, for some reason.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper