roll-on

[ rohl-on, -awn ]
/ ˈroʊlˌɒn, -ˌɔn /
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adjective

packaged in a tubelike container one end of which is equipped with a rotating ball that dispenses and spreads the liquid content directly.

noun

a roll-on preparation: spray deodorants and roll-ons.

Nearby words

  1. roll up,
  2. roll up one's sleeves,
  3. roll with the punches,
  4. roll-around,
  5. roll-off,
  6. roll-on/roll-off,
  7. roll-over arm,
  8. roll-top desk,
  9. roll-up,
  10. roll-your-own

Origin of roll-on

First recorded in 1945–50; adj., noun use of verb phrase roll on

Origin of roll

1175–1225; (noun) (in senses referring to rolled or round objects) Middle English: scroll, inscribed scroll, register, cylindrical object < Old French ro(u)lle < Latin rotulus, rotula small wheel, diminutive of rota wheel (see rotate1, -ule); (in senses referring to motion) derivative of the v.; (v.) Middle English rollen < Old French rol(l)er < Vulgar Latin *rotulare, derivative of Latin rotulus, rotula

SYNONYMS FOR roll
1. revolve, rotate. 3. wave, undulate. 4. undulate. 12. swing, tilt. 40. See list1. 47. spindle.

Related formsroll·a·ble, adjectivere·roll, verbun·roll·a·ble, adjectivewell-rolled, adjective

Can be confusedrole roll

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British Dictionary definitions for roll-on

roll

/ (rəʊl) /

verb

noun


Word Origin for roll

C14 rollen, from Old French roler, from Latin rotulus a little wheel, from rota a wheel

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Word Origin and History for roll-on
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Idioms and Phrases with roll-on

roll

In addition to the idioms beginning with roll

  • roll around
  • roll back
  • roll in
  • rolling stone
  • roll in the aisles
  • roll in the hay
  • roll out
  • roll over
  • roll the bones
  • roll up
  • roll up one's sleeves
  • roll with the punches

also see:

  • easy as pie (rolling off a log)
  • get rolling
  • get the ball rolling
  • heads will roll
  • on a roll
  • red carpet
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