What does Roach mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. roachnoun

    a roll of hair brushed back from the forehead

  2. roachnoun

    the butt of a marijuana cigarette

  3. R-2, Mexican valium, rophy, rope, roofy, roach, forget me drug, circlenoun

    street names for flunitrazepan

  4. cockroach, roachnoun

    any of numerous chiefly nocturnal insects; some are domestic pests

  5. roach, Rutilus rutilusverb

    European freshwater food fish having a greenish back

  6. roachverb

    comb (hair) into a roach

  7. roachverb

    cut the mane off (a horse)


  1. roachnoun

    A small freshwater fish in the carp family (Cyprinidae), .

  2. roachnoun

    A butt of a marijuana cigarette.

  3. roachnoun

    The filter of a rolled cigarette or joint, made from card or paper.

  4. roachnoun

    a cockroach.

  5. roachnoun

    A curve in the bottom of a sail to prevent it snagging deck equipment.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. roach

    A roach is a common term that has different meanings in different contexts. Here are a few: 1. It often refers to a small, resilient insect known as a cockroach, which is a species of nocturnal insects that are regarded as pests due to their tendency to invade homes and spread diseases. 2. In the context of recreational drug use, a roach refers to the leftover end of a joint or cigarette. That final part that's hard to hold and is typically discarded or reused. 3. In sailing, roach refers to the area of a sail that is beyond a straight line drawn from the head and the clew, often giving the sail a concave shape, allowing the sail to catch more wind. 4. In hair styling, roach refers to a style where the hair is brushed or styled to stand up from the head, also commonly known as a 'roach comb'. 5. Roach is also a type of freshwater fish found in many parts of Europe and Western Asia. The context will often determine the use of the term 'roach'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Roachnoun

    a cockroach

  2. Roachnoun

    a European fresh-water fish of the Carp family (Leuciscus rutilus). It is silver-white, with a greenish back

  3. Roachnoun

    an American chub (Semotilus bullaris); the fallfish

  4. Roachnoun

    the redfin, or shiner

  5. Roachnoun

    a convex curve or arch cut in the edge of a sail to prevent chafing, or to secure a better fit

  6. Roachverb

    to cause to arch

  7. Roachverb

    to cut off, as a horse's mane, so that the part left shall stand upright

  8. Etymology: [OE. rroche; cf. AS. reohha, D. rog, roch, G. roche, LG. ruche, Dan. rokke ray, Sw. rocka, and E. ray a fish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Roach

    rōch, n. a silvery fresh-water fish: a concave curve in the foot of a square sail.—v.t. to arch: to cut short. [O. Fr. roche—Teut.; Ger. roche.]

  2. Roach

    rōch, n. a rock: refuse gritty stone.—As sound as a roach, perfectly sound.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. roach

    [Bell Labs] To destroy, esp. of a data structure. Hardware gets toasted or fried, software gets roached. Probably derived from '70s and '80s drug slang; marijuana smokers used ‘roach’ to refer to the unsmokable remnant of a joint, and to ‘roach’ a joint was therefore to destroy it.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. roach

    The hollow curvature of the lower parts of upper square-sails, to clear the stays when the yards are braced up.

Editors Contribution

  1. roachverb

    To give very little, short change

    He roached me on that sack of bud.

    Submitted by LILBABIIJAYY on March 6, 2022  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ROACH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Roach is ranked #764 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Roach surname appeared 45,019 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 15 would have the surname Roach.

    80.2% or 36,132 total occurrences were White.
    13.9% or 6,298 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 1,193 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 792 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 378 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 225 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for Roach »

  1. achor

  2. orach

  3. chora

  4. corah

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Roach in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Roach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Roach in a Sentence

  1. Blake Collins:

    The fact that she let the roach problem go on was neglect and I have suffered a personal injury.

  2. Kelly Davis Strausbaugh:

    (We) got a call from a man who asked, 'Can I donate some dirty socks? Because after 10 years, that’s all my ex left me,' name a Roach.

  3. Jeffrey Harris:

    He's been arguing for 50 years that he got an unfair trial -- the court agreed with him. This is in no small part due to an amazing person who came forward and said she might have gotten the wrong guy in 1973, we really appreciate the work the DA's office did, the consideration of Judge Roach, and the superior court. We're really happy with this outcome.

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