rolling

[ roh-ling ]
/ ˈroʊ lɪŋ /

noun

the action, motion, or sound of anything that rolls.

adjective

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Origin of rolling

1400–50; late Middle English (gerund); see roll, -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM rolling

roll·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for rolling (2 of 2)

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

12 swing, tilt.
40 See list1.
47 spindle.

OTHER WORDS FROM roll

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH roll

role roll
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British Dictionary definitions for rolling (1 of 2)

rolling
/ (ˈrəʊlɪŋ) /

adjective

adverb

slang swaying or staggering (in the phrase rolling drunk)

British Dictionary definitions for rolling (2 of 2)

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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Idioms and Phrases with rolling

roll

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