One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Act or behave in a jovial and exuberant fashion.‘a satirical novelist who rollicks through the sleaze of the American psyche’
criticize, censure, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, savage, find fault with, fulminate against, abuseView synonyms
- ‘The goat was a real happy goat once upon a time you see or so it believed and so it rollicked about the dried out pastures filled with glee.’
- ‘The movie rollicks with elements of pretty well all seven of the deadly sins.’
- ‘That simple, spontaneous outburst spreads among the villagers who join in until the whole beach is rollicking with the unrestrained, joyful laughter of a people who have found themselves and each other once more.’
- ‘Percussion percolates and piano rollicks through a brassy arrangement that celebrates life and the beat.’
- ‘On stage it rollicks and sparkles, at once deeply funny and tragic.’
- ‘The new band rollicked through a set of sweet, country pop rock that can give the old band a run for their money.’
- ‘The band rollicks along with oodles of energy and are best in the few moments of simplicity.’
- ‘Just ask all those giddy people who rollicked through the nation's capital last week.’
- ‘The caterpillars, very active now, escaped from their muslin sleeve and were soon rollicking all over the furry upholstery, providing them with excellent camouflage.’
- ‘The room was rollicking with various movers & shovers wandering, drinking, eating and laughing in the way the they have been for years.’
- ‘The cast was goofy and funny, while the action was plentiful and rollicking.’
Early 19th century: probably dialect, perhaps a blend of romp and frolic.
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