Definition of carrying-on in US English:



  • 1Excited or overwrought behavior.

    ‘I'm fed up with your incessant carrying-on’
    • ‘The fact that the party, together with the media, regards this sort of carrying-on as significant, speaks volumes for how desperate they are to gather evidence against their leader.’
    • ‘Not content with his usual carryings-on, today I couldn't shift him out of the house without this multi coloured encumbrance.’
    • ‘We can see them openly drinking and carrying-on.’
    • ‘He would look on wryly at times when the others were carrying-on in the clubhouse about slights, real and imagined.’
    • ‘I'm not interested during the game in the big drinking sessions, you know, the laughing, joking, and carrying-on, or mucking around with the locals.’
    • ‘She considered most of the story a prologue for the part about rum and gold and carrying-on.’
    • ‘Indeed, going by the carrying-on of county councillors in this regard, a good argument could be made for removing planning powers from councillors.’
    1. 1.1 Salacious, improper, or immoral behavior.
      ‘the couple's public carrying-on embarrassed passersby’