Main definitions of rollicking in English

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rollicking1

adjective

  • attributive Exuberantly lively and amusing.

    ‘this is all good rollicking fun’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a rollicking number, I will admit that much, but it lacks either the inspiration or the desire to sound at all unique.’
    • ‘The sun shone through the trees and leaves and cast a plethora of rollicking leaf shadows upon the ground.’
    • ‘Sunday's closing gala cabaret promises to be a rollicking affair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the $10 admission, participants will get an evening of rollicking entertainment and a chance to win prizes in bingo-themed contests and games.’
    • ‘That is the beginning of a rollicking adventure that involves a blacksmith's assistant, a straight laced lieutenant and a chest of Aztec gold.’
    • ‘One would've had more rollicking good fun in an evening of prayers for the dead.’
    • ‘They have a very tight rollicking sound that will appeal to listeners.’
    • ‘With mocking, rollicking, sigh-streaked guffaws, his film ignites that inward turning, perhaps into directions he did not visualise.’
    • ‘The winners were announced at the end, but the prizes didn't matter when everyone had had such a rollicking time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His new show got off to a rollicking start last Friday.’
    • ‘Real estate developers and students will have a rollicking time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A group of lumberjacks supply a light, Broadway-like component of the piece, with rollicking ensemble scenes.’
    • ‘The song is a non-stop rollicking hardcore fiasco with a fantastic poppy sing-a-long chorus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rollicking rock moment sounds like it could have been lifted straight from the his songbook and screams ‘hit.’’
    • ‘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.’
    lively, boisterous, exuberant, frisky, spirited
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Pronunciation

rollicking

/ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ/

Main definitions of rollicking in English

: rollicking1rollicking2

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 need someone who will hand out rollockings, pull people about and get them into shape.’
    • ‘When a rollocking was expected he just stood there, apparently close to tears.’
    • ‘This was painful for them as they had been much improved since an obvious rollocking at half-time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Does it take a half time rollocking to ignite some passion?’
    • ‘There'll be some rollickings administered at half-time in both dressing rooms, methinks.’
    • ‘You clearly get a bit down after games like that, when you get a deserved rollocking off the gaffer.’
    • ‘Aside from the white-knuckle rollickings he on occasion delivers, the United players must look at him and feel their spirits lift.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I got the rollicking of my life; I just wanted to bury my head and die!’
    • ‘Since the manager gave us a rollocking at half time, which we deserved, we have improved and we can only get better.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1930s: euphemistic alteration of bollocking.

Pronunciation

rollicking

/ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ/