Main definitions of roach in English

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Pronunciation /rōCH/ /roʊtʃ/

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noun

informal
  • 1North American A cockroach.

    • ‘For your gaming pleasure, a whole new assortment of mutant insects have been created including killer roaches, acid-shooting houseflies and fire ants.’
    • ‘Sofia tells them about the horrid and rancid conditions in which she lives, with fleas, vermin, roaches, and about her job cleaning the dirty sheets.’
    • ‘When I was a graduate student, the room we were staying in had roaches.’
    • ‘But once we started asking questions, none of those women would say that they had ever had pests, rodents, or roaches in their homes.’
    • ‘She told me that he refused to kill roaches and that she had seen them walking in and out of his sugar bowl.’
    • ‘Pizza boxes would be kicked to knock out the roaches and the mice droppings before being used for a delivery.’
    • ‘Wouldn't you at least make the slightest noise when there's a roach climbing up your leg?’
    • ‘And they've also found two new mutations that make the roaches more resistant to pyrethroid and related insecticides.’
    • ‘I see a roach making its way toward the closet door.’
    • ‘He was certain there were roaches scurrying about.’
    • ‘All we could see was a small roach crawling up the wall.’
    • ‘A roach crawled out from under the bed, making her scream.’
    • ‘At the back of the drainboard, smack in the middle of the dishcloth, a small brown roach waved his antennae sluggishly-sick, no doubt, confusing his nights and days.’
  • 2The butt of a marijuana cigarette.

    • ‘I went from car to car in the lot, going up to people's windows when they pulled in, even people I didn't know, but nobody even had a roach.’

Origin

Early 19th century shortening of cockroach; roach (sense 2) dates from the 1930s and may represent a different word.

Main definitions of roach in English

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roach2

Pronunciation /rōCH/ /roʊtʃ/

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nounroach

  • An edible Eurasian freshwater fish of the minnow family, popular with anglers. It can hybridize with related fishes, notably rudd and bream.

    Rutilus rutilus, family Cyprinidae

    ‘I caught another two nice roach before catching a few bream up to over five pounds.’
    • ‘A shoal of small roach will appear as a black cloud suspended in mid water.’
    • ‘Both had a single bream plus plenty of small roach on feeder tactics.’
    • ‘I had had about 10 good quality roach when I struck into a real fly away bite.’
    • ‘I loved to fish there and caught roach and perch as well as the odd boot.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French roche, of unknown ultimate origin.

Main definitions of roach in English

: roach1roach2roach3

roach3

Pronunciation /rōCH/ /roʊtʃ/

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noun

Sailing
  • A curve, in or out, in the edge of a sail, especially in the leech of a fore-and-aft sail.

    • ‘full-length battens permit a more pronounced roach’

Origin

Late 18th century of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

roach

/rōCH/ /roʊtʃ/