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See also: rick-roll


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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.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɹɪkˌɹoʊl/
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rickroll (third-person singular simple present rickrolls, present participle rickrolling, simple past and past participle rickrolled)

  1. (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[1]:
      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)

  1. (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[2]:
      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: []

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