Main definitions of rollicking in English

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rollicking1

adjective

  • attributive Exuberantly lively and amusing.

    ‘this is all good rollicking fun’
    • ‘They have a very tight rollicking sound that will appeal to listeners.’
    • ‘His new show got off to a rollicking start last Friday.’
    • ‘The sort of rollicking adventure mini-series that only ever gets screened during the holidays and may entertain the kids for a couple of hours.’
    • ‘A group of lumberjacks supply a light, Broadway-like component of the piece, with rollicking ensemble scenes.’
    • ‘The winners were announced at the end, but the prizes didn't matter when everyone had had such a rollicking time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The song is a non-stop rollicking hardcore fiasco with a fantastic poppy sing-a-long chorus.’
    • ‘Real estate developers and students will have a rollicking time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One would've had more rollicking good fun in an evening of prayers for the dead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That is the beginning of a rollicking adventure that involves a blacksmith's assistant, a straight laced lieutenant and a chest of Aztec gold.’
    • ‘Sadly, the pace slows down considerably at the one-hour mark, and the film has a hard time recovering the sense of rollicking adventure supplied by the first half.’
    • ‘Sunday's closing gala cabaret promises to be a rollicking affair.’
    • ‘The sun shone through the trees and leaves and cast a plethora of rollicking leaf shadows upon the ground.’
    • ‘With mocking, rollicking, sigh-streaked guffaws, his film ignites that inward turning, perhaps into directions he did not visualise.’
    • ‘A break from the rollicking pastorals of the first four tracks, it serves as the album's star-gazing intermission; from here, it moves towards a safer indie-pop sound.’
    • ‘The rollicking rock moment sounds like it could have been lifted straight from the his songbook and screams ‘hit.’’
    • ‘For the $10 admission, participants will get an evening of rollicking entertainment and a chance to win prizes in bingo-themed contests and games.’
    • ‘It is a rollicking number, I will admit that much, but it lacks either the inspiration or the desire to sound at all unique.’
    lively, boisterous, exuberant, frisky, spirited
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Pronunciation

rollicking

/ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ/

Main definitions of rollicking in English

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rollicking2

(also rollocking)

noun

British
informal
  • A severe reprimand.

    ‘I've had a bit of a rollicking for not riding with more restraint’
    • ‘The first thing that struck me was he wasn't afraid to give me a rollocking, even though we had been teammates.’
    • ‘You clearly get a bit down after games like that, when you get a deserved rollocking off the gaffer.’
    • ‘I got the rollicking of my life; I just wanted to bury my head and die!’
    • ‘Does it take a half time rollocking to ignite some passion?’
    • ‘Bradford Dudley Hill coach Graeme Hallas had to give his team a right royal rollocking at half-time in this LHF Healthplan National League Three game at Parry Lane.’
    • ‘The heartbeat accelerates and gives you a surge of self-confident energy that may be needed to face that rollocking from the boss or to win over the next skeptical customer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You need someone who will hand out rollockings, pull people about and get them into shape.’
    • ‘There'll be some rollickings administered at half-time in both dressing rooms, methinks.’
    • ‘This was painful for them as they had been much improved since an obvious rollocking at half-time.’
    • ‘When a rollocking was expected he just stood there, apparently close to tears.’
    • ‘Aside from the white-knuckle rollickings he on occasion delivers, the United players must look at him and feel their spirits lift.’
    • ‘Since the manager gave us a rollocking at half time, which we deserved, we have improved and we can only get better.’
    scolding, chiding, reprimand, rebuke, reproof, reproach, remonstration, upbraiding, berating, castigation, tirade, diatribe, harangue, lecture, admonition, admonishment, lambasting, obloquy
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Origin

1930s: euphemistic alteration of bollocking.

Pronunciation

rollicking

/ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ/