rolf

[rolf]
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Origin of rolf

1970–75, Americanism; apparently variant of ralph

Rolf

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

Origin of Rolf

1
1965–70; after Ida P. Rolf (1897–1979), U.S. physiotherapist who invented the techniques
Related formsRolf·er, noun

Rolf

2
[rolf]
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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Related Words for rolf

rub, caress, pat, push, stroke, press, stimulate, manipulate, rolf

Examples from the Web for rolf

Contemporary Examples of rolf

Historical Examples of rolf

  • There was fighting, and I caught a glimpse of the face of Rolf Raymond.

  • She did not know the kind of man she had to deal with in King Rolf.

  • "I will show you that I am a man," said Rolf, very angry at these words.

  • “It is indeed too early,” said the General, reproachfully, to Rolf.

    Major Frank

    A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint

  • Rolf, tender-hearted as ever, had withdrawn to a corner of the room with tears in his eyes.

    Major Frank

    A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint


British Dictionary definitions for rolf

Rolf

Rolf the Ganger

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

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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