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[ros-koh] /ˈrɒs koʊ/
noun, Older Slang.
a revolver or pistol.
Origin of roscoe
1910-15, Americanism; of uncertain origin


[ros-koh] /ˈrɒs koʊ/
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “swift” and “horse.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He ran across the common to Mr. roscoe's house and rapped on the door.

    The Bobbsey Twins Laura Lee Hope
  • He died at Utica at the home of his sister, who was the wife of roscoe Conkling.

  • "I won't detain you any longer, Mr. roscoe," said Hector, realizing that the conversation had occupied considerable time.

    Hector's Inheritance Horatio Alger
  • I didn't know but you might say somethin' to her along that line, roscoe.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Judge roscoe asked disconsolately, after telling him that he must wait till morning.

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock
  • You remember I warned you against misjudging the Coltons, roscoe.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin and History for roscoe

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for roscoe



A pistol; heat

[1914+; a pet name, used for dissimulation]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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