There are 2 main definitions of roll up in English:

Share this entry

roll up 1

informal Arrive in a vehicle: we rolled up at the same time
More example sentences
  • The bus rolls up to the porticoed entrance, literally bypassing the parking and traffic problems that the foundation's neighbors have been suing about.
  • One afternoon, while writing their names in wet cement, a car rolls up beside them and a man, claiming to be a cop, steps out.
  • With perfect timing, friendly Mick Taylor rolls up in his truck to save the day - except that the three young tourists are about to be led on a horrific journey into outback Australia's wildest heart of darkness.
fold (up), furl, wind up, coil (up), bundle up
See parent entry: roll
Share this entry

There are 2 main definitions of roll up in English:

Share this entry

roll-up 2

Pronunciation: /ˈrōl ˌəp/


British informal
1A hand-rolled cigarette.
Example sentences
  • The company has over 320 brands, including cigarettes, cigars and roll-your-own.
  • Over 1.2 billion people worldwide regularly smoke tobacco products, not including the use of roll-your-owns or smokeless tobacco.
  • Half the participants smoked tailor-made cigarettes and half smoked rallies or both tailor-mades and roll-your-owns.
1.1An article of food rolled up and sometimes stuffed with a filling: ham roll-ups
More example sentences
  • Most of the time, I asked instead for what my mother called the ‘bologna roll-up,’ a slippery creation she'd herself invented.
  • Asparagus roll-ups are a lovely finger food for a spring wedding or shower.
  • The guacamole at Applebee's uses gelatin, and its vegetable roll-up tortilla may contain lard (pork fat).


Denoting something that can be rolled up: roll-up panels
More example sentences
  • Bring an inner-tube or a roll-up toboggan or something, so if the pigs show up you can pull a fancy Batman escape, zipping down the east face, giggling like an imp.
  • A less expensive solution is to leave windows uncovered, or only minimally blocked with roll-up shades or sheer fabric panels.
  • She had another one of those kits like the one Chihirae had owned: a small leather roll-up pouch with grooming tools nestled in the loops.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: roll-up

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.