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  • IPA(key): /ɑɹˌoʊˌɛfˈɛl/, /ɹɒfl̩/
  • Rhymes: -ɛl



  1. (Internet slang) Initialism of rolling on the floor, laughing; used to indicate great amusement at something in a discussion group, etc.
  2. (rare, dated) Initialism of ran out for lunch.


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ROFL (third-person singular simple present ROFLs, present participle ROFLing, simple past and past participle ROFLed)

  1. (Internet slang) Initialism of roll on the floor, laughing; to experience great amusement at something.
    • 2007 October, Steve Hogarty, “White Gold”, in PC Zone, number 185, page 30:
      IF YOU PLAYED Boiling Point and didn’t find yourself outwardly ROFLing at the absurd number of bugs the game was drowning in, then maybe you saw the potential Deep Shadows’ free-roaming Columbian RPG had hidden in its floating-puma infested jungles.
    • 2008, Rhiannon Bury, quoting Callie, “Remotely Embodied Friendships in Female Fan Communities”, in Samantha Holland, editor, Remote Relationships in a Small World, Peter Lang, →ISBN, section 3 (Making Contact), pages 195 and 197:
      My REFs may be ROFLing7 while I’m definitely not. My RLFs will know the minute they see me or talk to me on the phone that I need cheering up.
      7 ROFL is an Internet acronym for “roll(ing) on the floor laughing.”
    • 2014 February 19, Stuart Dredge, “Talking Angela app: here’s what she’s really saying to your kids”, in Alan Rusbridger, editor, The Guardian[1], London: Guardian News & Media, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2014-02-19:
      It ends innocently – “Friends ROFLed and everybody at the party cheered at us. It was a cool night!” – but taken out of context with some of the questions above, it’s no surprise that parents are spooked.
    • 2015, “Julie Patch”, in Michael Martone, Bryan Furuness, editors, Winesburg, Indiana: A Fork River Anthology, Indiana University Press, →ISBN, page 23:
      I’d be ROFLing if it weren’t so sad, so pathetic.