money in one's possession; monetary resources.

verb (used with object)

Informal. to finance; provide funds for: to bankroll a new play.

Origin of bankroll

First recorded in 1885–90; bank2 + roll
Related formsbank·roll·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bankroll

Contemporary Examples of bankroll

Historical Examples of bankroll

  • Also, the bankroll they brings her sends her back to her folks in style.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • He wouldn't be able to remake that bankroll every time if he wasn't.

    The Ultimate Weapon

    John Wood Campbell

  • I want you to use them as a bankroll when you go to the Casino tonight.


    Harry Harrison

  • Pretty lucky for me they didn't know I had my bankroll with me last night!

    Back Home

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Of course them doctor sharps raise the long yell about it bein difficult, aimin tharby to bluff you out o your bankroll.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for bankroll



a roll of currency notes
the financial resources of a person, organization, etc


(tr) slang to provide the capital for; finance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bankroll

"roll of bank notes," 1887, from bank (n.1) + roll (n.). The verb is attested from 1928. Related: Bankrolled; bankrolling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper