Adjective "rollicking" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Exuberantly lively and amusing.
  1. 'This wonderfully-illustrated edition of the poem, which is rarely reproduced in its entirety, begins in hushed suspense, and then builds into a dramatic crescendo as the rollicking verses usher in the mysterious midnight visitor.'
  2. 'The sun shone through the trees and leaves and cast a plethora of rollicking leaf shadows upon the ground.'
  3. 'But, overall, this is rollicking good fun and a genuinely thrilling entry into the movie series which does much to erase any doubts that their finest had lost his edge.'
  4. 'That is the beginning of a rollicking adventure that involves a blacksmith's assistant, a straight laced lieutenant and a chest of Aztec gold.'
  5. 'They have a very tight rollicking sound that will appeal to listeners.'
  6. 'The winners were announced at the end, but the prizes didn't matter when everyone had had such a rollicking time.'
  7. 'His new show got off to a rollicking start last Friday.'
  8. 'The album occupies three basic spaces: sparse and mournful, prickly and lush, and rollicking, but no two songs that might fit into any of the three categories sound the same.'
  9. 'The song is a non-stop rollicking hardcore fiasco with a fantastic poppy sing-a-long chorus.'
  10. 'The rollicking rock moment sounds like it could have been lifted straight from the his songbook and screams ‘hit.’'


A severe reprimand.
  1. 'The first thing that struck me was he wasn't afraid to give me a rollocking, even though we had been teammates.'
  2. 'When a rollocking was expected he just stood there, apparently close to tears.'
  3. 'Then, when he was just 15, I took him to a very tough under-18 tournament in Italy, pushed him through the mangle, gave him a right old rollocking on one occasion, and he responded by forcing me to eat my words.'
  4. 'There'll be some rollickings administered at half-time in both dressing rooms, methinks.'
  5. 'Aside from the white-knuckle rollickings he on occasion delivers, the United players must look at him and feel their spirits lift.'
  6. 'I got the rollicking of my life; I just wanted to bury my head and die!'
  7. 'After his average form over the past two years, the protracted histrionics of his exit, and this latest tell-all tome, most fans view him simply as a narcissistic cry-baby who couldn't even take a rollicking from his own manager.'


1. carefree and joyous: They had a rollicking good time.

2. swaggering; boisterous.

More examples(as adjective)

"volumes can be rollicking."

"tunes can be rollicking."

"times can be rollicking."

"styles can be rollicking."

"starts can be rollicking."

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1930s: euphemistic alteration of bollocking.