Definition of rocky in English:

rocky

adjective

  • 1Consisting or full of rock or rocks.

    ‘a rocky crag above the village’
    ‘hillsides of dry, rocky soil’
    • ‘That hope was soon dashed on the rocky shores of Scotland.’
    • ‘This is the heart of the Kona coffee belt, less than 50 square miles of steep, rocky terrain yielding 2.5 million pounds of beans a year.’
    • ‘Ariadne poses against a rocky outcrop and raises her hand in a rhetorical gesture that makes her seem irate and merciful, proud and humble.’
    • ‘Designed for use in military training exercises, it was strangely unreal, featuring boxy, half-finished buildings plopped into a rocky terrain to which they seemed to bear no physical relationship.’
    • ‘Scenes set on Gabriel's island are stunning - clear blue skies, nice definition of the rocky crags and crashing waves.’
    • ‘The shop is situated in one of Ireland's treasured beauty spots, Sandycove, named after the cove near the rocky point on which the Martello Tower was built.’
    • ‘The tomb, situated in an elevated position at the end of a rocky gorge, is a well-preserved architectural and artistic masterpiece.’
    • ‘This is a man who operates on himself, removing a musket ball, and then goes on a 10 mile trek across the rocky lengths of one of the Galapagos islands.’
    • ‘The sharp rocky shores make the island inhospitable to man.’
    • ‘In his paintings, with their air-spun castles and dense, rocky crags, presented in thick, hazy, heavily impastoed surfaces, the world is remote and ever retreating.’
    • ‘The film opens with a powerful scene, as Ivan and his older brother's friends dare each other to jump off a high tower into rocky waters.’
    • ‘Orphaned as a baby and now something of a wild spirit, she shares her secrets with Danny in their private place on the nearby rocky crags.’
    • ‘The spare condominium complex complements the rugged pasture land and rocky cliffs that distinguish Sea Ranch as a magnificent site.’
    • ‘It is particularly adapted to rough, rocky land, trees with large, spreading root systems, finer textured soils and for interplanting in previously planted areas.’
    • ‘The fascinating and colourful marine life of shoreline and rock pool was filmed in the inter-tidal zone of a typical and attractive rocky shore of southwest England.’
    • ‘The film is grainy and rich, you can almost feel the old dusty wood, the waterfalls, the rocky buttes and scrubby plains leap out of the screen.’
    • ‘This mass is counterbalanced at the south end by a large chimney that anchors the transparent skin of the living space while framing views of the rocky landscape beyond.’
    • ‘They are replete with rocky crags, waterfalls, brooding skies and, in one case, a baleful moon straight out of a Caspar David Friedrich painting.’
    • ‘In this work, the viewer's attention is the mountain on which the flag extends from its peak down its rocky side, giving a sense of ruggedness to the image.’
    • ‘The music is monumental and the landscape limited to desert, or rocky mountain.’
    • ‘The subject too tends to be rendered in a formulaic way with the figure positioned centrally or slightly to one side within a rocky hollow or outcrop.’
    • ‘The landscapes present expansive meadows, pine forests or rocky ridgelines; these paintings are seemingly bursting with fresh clean air and anchored by the visual weight of saturated colors.’
    • ‘The sets, particularly Olaf's deteriorating mansion and the home of Aunt Josephine, literally teetering on the edge of a rocky cliff, echo the gothic themes of the storytelling, and never fail to impress.’
    • ‘The rocky canyon walls are almost like a natural amphitheater.’
    • ‘Beside this river, carved on the rocky cliffs, you can read inscriptions of Egyptian Pharaohs, Assyrian kings and Roman commanders.’
    • ‘He says that he has discovered the whereabouts of the big ship, floating in Arctic waters, within close proximity of rocky outcrops in an area of sea where the international law of ‘finders keepers’ operates.’
    • ‘The rows of pines obscuring the rocky vistas that they had once lovingly painted and the disappearance of the celebrated oaks infuriated the artists' colony.’
    • ‘Here, a rocky canyon spans the width of both panels.’
    • ‘I looked up at the little rocky cove above the pier.’
    • ‘The rocky promontory at the top of the waterfall has long been regarded as one of the most romantic viewpoints in the mountains.’
    • ‘The boat study highlights a steep ramp extending into the sea - a fragment of man-made geometry laid upon the barren and rocky shoreline.’
    • ‘Overlooking a beach on Spain's rocky north-west coast, this restaurant is a tactful presence in the landscape’
    • ‘Set on a rocky headland of the Southern Adriatic, the city of Dubrovnik presents a bulky carapace of freestone wall on bare rock to the open sea.’
    • ‘You present a house on a rocky site over the Pacific Ocean.’
    • ‘The only way to reach it is by two-lane roads, most of which twist tortuously through the scenic coastal mountain range or along the rocky Pacific coast.’
    • ‘These may be the best teeth for hard or rocky soil and for heavy infestations of quackgrass and other weeds with underground rhizomes.’
    • ‘Traces of these explorations are still visible in the rocky outcrops on the ridge.’
    • ‘But as the water runs its course across the landscape, it dissolves soluble salts contained in rocky river beds, corridors, and canyons.’
    • ‘The building yields to its man-made landscape, and while sills rise above boulders as if the house was built around a rocky outcrop, maturing trees begin to screen and protect.’
    • ‘Usher saddles up and begins to ride away, but after rounding a rocky bend, he pulls out a hidden rifle and charges back into camp.’
    stony, rock-strewn, pebbly, shingly, rough, bumpy, rugged, hard
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  • 2Tending to rock or shake; unsteady.

    ‘older types of sash windows are a bit rocky’
    • ‘The landing was fairly smooth, a bit rocky at times, but overall comfortable.’
    unsteady, shaky, unstable, wobbly, tottery, rickety, flimsy
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  • 3Difficult and full of problems.

    ‘the marriage seemingly got off to a rocky start’
    ‘the rocky road to success’
    • ‘The newly unionized dancers of the ballet have already hit a rocky road with company management.’
    • ‘Rumor has it that the film experienced a rocky production history.’
    • ‘It may have had a rocky road in its initial theatrical release, but the DVD format allows viewers to explore its unique world.’
    • ‘After a rocky 2000-01 season, during which the ballet lost its lease on its studios and bounced from one temporary space to another, the company's ship is regaining its keel.’
    • ‘In 1830 Louis Philippe returned the Pantheon to civic use, but for the first rocky decade of his reign not a single figure was buried there for fear of public protest.’
    • ‘They enter into a rocky marriage and a manager-star relationship that lasts for 15 grueling years of physical and psychological abuse.’
    • ‘And like Terry, over the course of their rocky acquaintance Jean gains greater understanding and insight.’
    • ‘The Oscar-nominated drama stars Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney as a couple dealing with the trials and tribulations of a rocky marriage.’
    • ‘As these relationships progress, we learn of Jones' rocky history with his alcoholic mother and his desire to find the father he barely knew yet obsesses about daily.’
    • ‘If the rocky relationship between Dawson and Joey was an attempt to hash out the question of what the difference is between lovers and soul mates, this speech is the answer.’
    • ‘Of course, none of this would matter if the film itself didn't bear the marks of its rocky road to a theater near you so prominently.’
    • ‘He steers clear of the build/bid approach, knowing that a contentious relationship between the owner and contractor signals a rocky road.’
    • ‘The performance ultimately seemed to take the form of inter-band bickering in one of the member's living rooms after a particularly rocky practice session.’
    • ‘However, the process of learning in groups can be a rocky experience for both learners and teachers, no matter how interested they are in the topic at hand.’
    • ‘There are the star players who learn quickly and work confidently or those diamonds-in-the-rough who have rocky starts but turn into the best employees a business owner has ever had.’
    • ‘There were some rocky moments, but basically it's gone very well.’
    • ‘In one long flashback we are shown the rocky road of Seth and Chelsea's relationship leading up to the present moment.’
    • ‘The gallery's rocky future means that no shows have been booked for 2001.’
    • ‘I also think the transition from childhood to adulthood is generally more rocky than we've seen.’
    • ‘He leans into her ear and whispers the important lesson he's learned about life, a lesson that also helps Charlotte reconcile her rocky marriage.’
    difficult, up and down, problematic, precarious, unsteady, unstable, uncertain, unsure, unreliable, undependable, built on sand
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  • 4Relating to or characteristic of rock music.

    ‘rocky and acoustic folk bands’
    • ‘From the opening song, with its heavy guitar and upbeat rocky riff, you can see that she loves her fanbase and wants to show it a good time.’

Pronunciation

rocky

/ˈrɒki/