roshambo

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

  • Perhaps cognate with jankenpon. The "ro" may be a short form of rock, and "bo" for cloth; "bo" is likely derived from Chinese (bù). Connections to the French surname Rochambeau are a folk etymology.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌroʊʃæmˈboʊ/

Noun[edit]

roshambo (plural roshambos)

  1. (games) the game of rock paper scissors
  2. (as three words, ro sham bo) the syllables called out by players of rock paper scissors to synchronize their timing.

Verb[edit]

roshambo (third-person singular simple present roshambos, present participle roshamboing, simple past and past participle roshamboed)

  1. To play a game of roshambo in order to decide a point of contention.
    I'll roshambo you for it.

Synonyms[edit]

  • toss (as in 'toss a coin')