Definition of jack roller in English:

jack roller

noun

  • 1historical, rare A roller or winch; = "Jack".

  • 2US slang, historical A thief or pickpocket, especially one who steals from those who are drunk, drugged, or asleep. Compare "roller".

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Manchester Guardian. From Jack + roller.

Pronunciation

jack roller

/ˈdʒak rəʊlə/