a form of popular music that evolved in the 1950s from rhythm and blues, characterized by the use of electric guitars, a strong rhythm with an accent on the offbeat, and youth-oriented lyrics
Origin of rock-and-rollprobably first so used (1951) by Alan Freed, Cleveland disc jockey: use of rock, roll, rock and roll, and the like , with reference, refer to sexual intercourse, is traditional in blues
or rock 'n' roll
intransitive verbrock-and-rolled, rock-and-roll·ing, rock-and-rolls or rock 'n' rolled or rock 'n' roll·ing or rock 'n' rolls
- To dance to rock music.
- Informal To start doing something; begin: It's 8:00 AM, let's rock-and-roll, or we'll never finish on time.
- Alternative spelling of rock and roll.