1

roach

play
noun \ˈrōch\

Definition of roach

plural

roach

also

roaches

  1. 1 :  a silver-green European freshwater cyprinid fish (Rutilus rutilus); also :  any of various related fishes (such as some shiners)

  2. 2 :  any of several American freshwater sunfishes (family Centrarchidae)

Origin and Etymology of roach

Middle English roche, from Anglo-French roche, rosse


2

roach

noun

Definition of roach

  1. 1 :  a curved cut in the edge of a sail to prevent chafing or to secure a better fit

  2. 2 :  a roll of hair brushed straight back from the forehead or side of the head

Origin and Etymology of roach

origin unknown


3

roach

verb

Definition of roach

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut so that the remainder stands upright roach a horse's mane

  3. 2 :  to cause to arch; specifically :  to brush (the hair) in a roach —often used with up

First Known Use of roach

1803


4

roach

noun

Definition of roach

  1. 1 :  cockroach

  2. 2 :  the butt of a marijuana cigarette

Origin and Etymology of roach

by shortening


ROACH Defined for Kids

roach

play
noun \ˈrōch\

Definition of roach for Students


Medical Dictionary

roach

play
noun \ˈrōch\

Medical Definition of roach



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up roach? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an incorrigible rascal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!