roller

1
[ roh-ler ]
/ ˈroʊ lər /

noun


Nearby words

  1. rolled oats,
  2. rolled paperwork,
  3. rolled roast,
  4. rolled-steel joist,
  5. rolled-up,
  6. roller bandage,
  7. roller bearing,
  8. roller caption,
  9. roller chain,
  10. roller coaster

Origin of roller

1
late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at roll, -er1

roller

2
[ roh-ler ]
/ ˈroʊ lər /

noun Ornithology.

any of several Old World birds of the family Coraciidae that tumble or roll over in flight, especially in the breeding season.
one of a variety of canaries having a warbling or trilling song.

Origin of roller

2
1655–65; < German Roller, derivative of rollen to roll

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British Dictionary definitions for roller

roller

/ (ˈrəʊlə) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for roller

roller

n.

late 13c., "thing that rolls;" early 15c., "rolling pin," agent noun from roll (v.). Meaning "hair-curler" is attested from 1795. Roller derby is from 1936 (see derby); roller hockey from 1926. Disparaging religious term holy roller is attested from 1842, American English, from the alleged rolling in the church aisles done by those in the Spirit.

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