Late 19th century UK. Etymology unknown.
rozzer (plural rozzers)
- (Britain, slang) A police officer.
1888 May 26, The Sporting Times:
- "Another wrong un," says the carman. "Hi, Mr. Graham!"—and up walks a rozzer and buckles me tight.
1893, Emerson, P. H., Signor Lippo, Burnt-Cork Artiste:
- If the rozzers was to see him in bona clobber they'd take him for a gun.
2017 March 25, Errigo, Angie, “Dodgy detectives, Twitter trolls and whistleblowers: Line of Duty is back”, in The Guardian, TV & Radio blog:
- Jed Mercurio’s corrupt cop hit remains one of the best shows on TV, but surely every rozzer in the Midlands knows who Kate Fleming is by now?
(slang) police officer