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hoosegow

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noun hoose·gow \ˈhüs-ˌgau̇\

Definition of hoosegow

  1. :  jail



Examples of hoosegow in a sentence

  1. <she ended up in the hoosegow for disorderly conduct>



Did You Know?

In Spanish, juzgado means "panel of judges, courtroom." The word is based on the Spanish past participle of juzgar, meaning "to judge," which itself was influenced by Latin judicare-a combination of jus, "right, law," and dicere, "to decide, say." When English speakers of the American West borrowed juzgado in the early 1900s, they recorded it the way they heard it: hoosegow. They also associated the word specifically with the jail that was usually in the same building as a courthouse. Today, hoosegow has become slang for any place of confinement for lawbreakers.

Origin of hoosegow

Spanish juzgado panel of judges, courtroom, from past participle of juzgar to judge, from Latin judicare — more at judge


First Known Use: 1909



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