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[rohch] /roʊtʃ/
noun
1.
Nautical.
  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.
2.
hair combed up from the forehead or temples in a roll or high curve.
verb (used with object)
3.
to clip or cut off (the mane of a horse); hog.
4.
to comb (hair) into a roach.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for roached

roached

/rəʊtʃt/
adjective
1.
arched convexly, as the back of certain breeds of dog, such as the whippet
Word Origin
C19: from roach³ or roach (vb) to cut (a sail) into a roach

roach1

/rəʊtʃ/
noun (pl) roaches, roach
1.
a European freshwater cyprinid food fish, Rutilus rutilus, having a deep compressed body and reddish ventral and tail fins
2.
any of various similar fishes
Word Origin
C14: from Old French roche, of obscure origin

roach2

/rəʊtʃ/
noun
1.
short for cockroach
2.
(slang) the butt of a cannabis cigarette

roach3

/rəʊtʃ/
noun (nautical)
1.
the amount by which the leech of a fore-and-aft sail projects beyond an imaginary straight line between the clew and the head
2.
the curve at the foot of a square sail
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

Roach

/rəʊtʃ/
noun
1.
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 roached

roach

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for roached

roach

noun
  1. A police officer (1932+ Prison & black)
  2. A racehorse, esp an inferior one; beetle (1940s+ Horse racing)
  3. The stub or butt of a marijuana cigarette: He lighted the toke again, a roach now that he impaled on a thin wire (1938+ Narcotics)
  4. An unattractive woman (1960s+ Students)

[narcotics sense perhaps fr earlier roach mane, a horse's mane clipped very short and tied; perhaps fr the insect]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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