roller skate

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  1. a form of skate with four wheels or rollers instead of a runner, for use on a sidewalk or other surface offering traction.

Origin of roller skate

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65

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or roll·er·skate

[ roh-ler-skeyt ]

verb (used without object),roll·er-skat·ed, roll·er-skat·ing.
  1. to glide about by means of roller skates.

Origin of roller-skate

First recorded in 1870–75; v. use of roller skate

Other words from roller-skate

  • roller skater, noun
  • roll·er·skat·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use roller skate in a sentence

  • Six weeks ago, in an effort to play catch-up to the hugely popular TikTok, Instagram introduced Reels, a service for posting video clips of people dancing on roller skates and making homemade Hot Pockets.

  • The one shown was pivoted to a roller-skate wheel which in turn was fastened to a metal standard.

  • I dare say the colored people here would find it as hard to roller skate as you would to carry a heavy load on your head.

  • Geraldine, dressed in her brother's clothes, was kneeling on one knee and hastily strapping on a single roller-skate.

    The Danger Mark | Robert W. Chambers
  • The fitter was an implement about like a roller skate, with movable wings on the sides and a movable plunger in front of the toes.

  • I am led to believe that the roller skate is certainly a great civilizer and a wonderful leveler of mankind.

    Remarks | Bill Nye

British Dictionary definitions for roller skate

roller skate

  1. a boot or shoe with four small wheels attached that enable the wearer to glide swiftly over a floor or other surface

  2. a device having clamps or straps for attaching such wheels to a boot or shoe

  1. (intr) to move on roller skates

Derived forms of roller skate

  • roller skater, noun

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