roscoe

[ ros-koh ]
/ ˈrɒs koʊ /
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noun Older Slang.

a revolver or pistol.

Nearby words

  1. rosas, juan manuel de,
  2. rosbif,
  3. roscian,
  4. roscius,
  5. roscius, quintus,
  6. roscoelite,
  7. roscommon,
  8. rose,
  9. rose acacia,
  10. rose aphid

Origin of roscoe

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; of uncertain origin

Roscoe

[ ros-koh ]
/ ˈrɒs koʊ /

noun

a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “swift” and “horse.”
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Word Origin and History for roscoe

roscoe

n.

"revolver," 1914, criminals' slang, from the proper name, for some reason.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper