1. a form of skate with four wheels or rollers instead of a runner, for use on a sidewalk or other surface offering traction.

verb (used without object), roll·er-skat·ed, roll·er-skat·ing.

  1. to glide about by means of roller skates.


  1. a boot or shoe with four small wheels attached that enable the wearer to glide swiftly over a floor or other surface
  2. a device having clamps or straps for attaching such wheels to a boot or shoe

verb roller-skate

  1. (intr) to move on roller skates

also roller-skate, 1861, American English, from roller + skate (n.). The verb is from 1885. Related: Rollerskated; rollerskating.

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