roller skate


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


or roll·er·skate


verb (used without object), roll·er-skat·ed, roll·er-skat·ing.

to glide about by means of roller skates.

Origin of roller-skate

First recorded in 1870–75; v. use of roller skate
Related formsroller skater, nounroll·er·skat·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for rollerskate

roller skate


a boot or shoe with four small wheels attached that enable the wearer to glide swiftly over a floor or other surface
a device having clamps or straps for attaching such wheels to a boot or shoe

verb roller-skate

(intr) to move on roller skates
Derived Formsroller skater, noun
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Word Origin and History for rollerskate

also roller-skate, 1861, American English, from roller + skate (n.). The verb is from 1885. Related: Rollerskated; rollerskating.

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