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verb (used without object) Slang.
  1. to vomit.
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Origin of rolf

1970–75, Americanism; apparently variant of ralph


[rawlf, rolf]
verb (used with object)
  1. to massage using the techniques of Rolfing.
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Origin of Rolf1

1965–70; after Ida P. Rolf (1897–1979), U.S. physiotherapist who invented the techniques
Related formsRolf·er, noun


  1. Also called Rolf the Ganger [gang-er] /ˈgæŋ ər/. Rollo(def 1).
  2. a male given name: from Scandinavian words meaning “glory” and “wolf.”
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rub, caress, pat, push, stroke, press, stimulate, manipulate, rolf

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Rolf the Ganger

  1. other names for Rollo
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Word Origin and History for rolf


masc. proper name, introduced in England by the Normans, from Old Norse Hrolfr, related to Old High German Hrodulf, literally "wolf of fame" (see Rudolph). Rolfing (1972) as a deep massage technique is named for U.S. physiotherapist Ida P. Rolf (1897-1979), and first attested 1958, as Rolf Technique.

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