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[rod-uh-rik, rod-rik] /ˈrɒd ə rɪk, ˈrɒd rɪk/
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “glory” and “ruler.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The dear girls were exchanging jeering remarks about “lazy uncle Roderick” openly, in her indulgent hearing.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Contenting himself with this preface, Roderick began to read.

  • "I haven't taken to intellectual company," said Sir Roderick, with languid indignation.

    Father Stafford Anthony Hope
  • If Captain Anthony (Roderick) had been a pedestrian it would have been sufficient; but he was not.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • There was something in the ring of Roderick's voice, as he uttered these words, which sent them home with convincing force.

    Roderick Hudson Henry James
  • Naturally she addressed Anthony as Roderick and he addressed her as Flora.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • She was very delicately made, and Roderick had come honestly by his physical slimness and elegance.

    Roderick Hudson Henry James
  • From this day the heart of Roderick was inflamed with a fatal passion.

Word Origin and History for Roderick

also Roderic, masc. proper name, from Old High German Hroderich, literally "ruling in fame," from hruod- "fame, glory" + Proto-Germanic *rikja "rule" (see rich). Italian and Spanish Rodrigo, Russian Rurik are from German.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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