rouf (plural roufs)
- (costermongers) The number four.
1851, Mayhew, Henry, “Gambling of Costermongers”, in London Labour and the London Poor, volume 1, page 17:
- The betting also began to shift. "Sixpence Ned wins!" cried three or four; "Sixpence he loses!" answered another; "Done!" and up went the halfpence. "Half-a-crown Joe loses!"—"Here you are," answered Joe, but he lost again. "I'll try you a 'gen'" (shilling) said a coster; "And a 'rouf yenap'" (fourpence), added the other. "Say a 'exes'" (sixpence).—"Done!" and the betting continued, till the ground was spotted with silver and halfpence.
1978, Ayers, Rose, The Street Sparrows:
- "Give me two gen, then, and take the whole bloody tol. I've walked me teef orf afore rouf this mornin', and wot 'ave I got? Two bloody yenneps! I ask yer."
2011, Lyall, Ian, The Street-Smart Trader, Harriman House Limited, →ISBN, page 11:
- Then the horse trading would begin with the words, from the jobber, of: "What's your size?" […] The broker might reply with the word rouf (a 4,000 share trade, which was a very small order); a score (20,000); a monkey (half a million); or a gorilla (one million shares - a very big order).
- (crime) A prison sentence of four years.
- (obsolete, money) Four shillings.
- (money) Four pounds sterling.
2014, Eldridge, David, Market Boy, A&C Black, →ISBN, page 48:
- I don't want a cockle – I don't want a neuf – I don't want a fat lady or a nevis – I don't want an exis, a flim or a rouf – or a carpet or bottle – These green flip-flops are a phunt a pair! And they've all got to go!
- (gambling) Odds of four to one.
- enin to rouf (“odds of 9:4”), net and rouf (“odds of 14:1”), neves to rouf (“odds of 7:4”) (UK, betting, slang)