payroll etymology

English word payroll comes from English roll, English pay

Detailed word origin of payroll

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roll English (eng) (nautical) The measure or extent to which a vessel rotates from side to side, on its fore-and-aft axis.. (nautical, aviation) The oscillating movement of a nautical vessel as it rotates from side to side, on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching; or the equivalent in an aircraft.. [...]
pay English (eng) (ambitransitive) To discharge, as a debt or other obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required.. (intransitive) To be profitable or worth the effort.. (intransitive) To discharge an obligation or debt.. (intransitive) To suffer consequences.. (transitive) To be profitable for.. (transitive) To give (something else than money).. (transitive) To give money or other compensation to in [...]
payroll English (eng) (transitive) To place on a payroll. (accounting) The calculation of salaries and wages and the deduction of taxes etc.; the department in a company responsible for this.. (euphemistic) Bribes paid to people. A list of employees who receive salary or wages, together with the amounts due to each.. The total sum of money paid to employees.