One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having a top with a rolled or curled shape.
2Especially of a writing desk, bureau, etc.: having a sliding top or cover, especially one made of parallel slats fastened to a flexible backing.
1A roll-top desk.
2The top or cover of a roll-top desk, especially one made of parallel slats fastened to a flexible backing.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Hartford (Connecticut) Daily Courant. Partly from roll + top, and partly from roll + top.
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