Coined by an anonymous user on the site 4chan in 2007, from Rick + roll, combining UK pop singer Rick Astley's given name with a reference to a 2005 prank on the site that replaced the string egg with duck, famously resulting in duckroll where eggroll was intended.
- (Internet slang, transitive, neologism) To mislead (someone) into following a hyperlink that leads to something other than what is claimed, especially to something bizarre or amusing, and literally or originally to a YouTube video of Rick Astley's song “Never Gonna Give You Up”. [from 2007]
- 2016 April 20, Homa Khaleeli, “How Vote Leave got rickrolled”, in The Guardian:
- Despite its name, there is one thing the Vote Leave campaign should not have left for so long: registering a domain name. The delay by the anti-EU organisation meant that up to 100,000 people who tried to access voteleave.com, co.uk or .net were rickrolled – redirected to a YouTube clip of Rick Astley’s 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up. So far, so internet.
rickroll (plural rickrolls)
- (Internet slang, neologism) An act of or attempt at rickrolling.
- You have to check out this link. Not a rickroll.
- 2008 December 5, Charles Arthur, “Why rickrolling is bad for you”, in The Guardian:
- Now, I know that the the problem with what I'm saying is that it sounds like a recipe for being really boring and humdrum. Links, links, links. I'm not really; the rickroll has a value, to spike peoples' inflated expectations, or remind them — wittily — of their weaknesses: […]