follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

roscoe

[ros-koh] /ˈrɒs koʊ/
noun, Older Slang.
1.
a revolver or pistol.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; of uncertain origin

Roscoe

[ros-koh] /ˈrɒs koʊ/
noun
1.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “swift” and “horse.”.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for roscoe
n.

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

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

Roscoe

noun

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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for roscoe

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for roscoe

8
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for roscoe