rolf

rolf

[rolf]

Origin:
1970–75, Americanism; apparently variant of ralph

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Rolf

[rawlf, rolf]
verb (used with object)
to massage using the techniques of Rolfing.

Origin:
1965–70; after Ida P. Rolf (1897–1979), U.S. physiotherapist who invented the techniques

Rolfer, noun

Rolf

[rolf]
noun
1.
Also called Rolf the Ganger [gang-er] . Rollo ( def 1 ).
2.
a male given name: from Scandinavian words meaning “glory” and “wolf.”
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Rolf or Rolf the Ganger (rɒlf)
 
n
other names for Rollo
 
Rolf the Ganger or Rolf the Ganger
 
n

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Rolf
masc. proper name, introduced in England by the Normans, from O.N. Hrolfr, related to O.H.G. Hrodulf, lit. "wolf of fame" (see Rudolph). Rolfing (1972) as a deep massage technique is named for U.S. physiotherapist Ida P. Rolf (1897-1979), and first attested 1958, as Rolf Technique.
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