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English Wikipedia has articles on:
A lilac-crested roller (bird of the family Coraciidae), Coracias caudata.
A larger cricket roller.
A smaller cricket roller.


roll +‎ -er



English Wikipedia has an article on:

roller (plural rollers)

  1. (heading) Anything that rolls.
    1. Any rotating cylindrical device that is part of a machine, especially one used to apply or reduce pressure.
    2. A person who rolls something, such as cigars or molten metal.
    3. (cricket) A large rolling device used to flatten the surface of the pitch.
    4. A cylindrical tool for applying paint or ink.
    5. An agricultural machine used for flattening land and breaking up lumps of earth.
    6. One of a set of small cylindrical tubes used to curl hair.
    7. A roller towel.
    8. A small wheel, as of a caster, a roller skate, etc.
    9. (cycling) One of a set of rolling cylinders allowing a rider to practise balance while training indoors.
    10. Any insect whose larva rolls up leaves, especially those in family Tortricidae.
    11. The cylinder snakes, small ground snakes of the genus Cylindrophis.
  2. A long wide bandage used in surgery.
  3. A large, wide, curling wave that falls back on itself as it breaks on a coast.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
      He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend ; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits ; and Selwyn's youth became renewed in a manner almost ridiculous, [].
  4. (heading) A bird.
    1. A breed or variety of roller pigeon that rolls (i.e. tumbles or somersaults) backwards (compare Penson roller, Birmingham roller, tumbler).
    2. Any of various aggressive birds, of the family Coraciidae, having bright blue wings and hooked beaks.
  5. (also written Roller) A car made by Rolls-Royce.
  6. A police patrol car or patrolman (rather than an unmarked police car or a detective)
  7. A padded surcingle that is used on horses for training and vaulting.
  8. (TV, film) A roll of titles or (especially) credits played over film or video; television or film credits.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 69:
      I learned a lot from watching, but the part that I should have studied harder was the roller. The names of the writers went on for ever.
  9. (slang) A wheelchair user.

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Borrowed from English roller.


  • IPA(key): /ʁo.lœʁ/
  • (file)


roller m (plural rollers)

  1. (countable) in-line skate, rollerblade
    Il a eu sa première paire de rollers à l'âge de 8 ans.
  2. (uncountable) skating (with inline skates).
    J'adore faire du roller au moment du coucher du soleil.

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


roller m, f

  1. indefinite plural of rolle

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]


roller f

  1. indefinite plural of rolle

Old French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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  1. to polish a helmet

Etymology 2[edit]

see roeler



  1. Alternative form of roeler (to roll)


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-oll, *-olls, *-ollt are modified to ol, ous, out. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.




roller m (plural rollers)

  1. roller skate (a boot with small wheels)




roller c

  1. a cylindrical, rolling tool for applying paint
  2. indefinite plural of roll


Declension of roller 1
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative roller rollern rollers rollers
Genitive rollers rollerns rollers rollers