Definition of rocky in US English:

rocky

adjective

  • 1Consisting or full of rock or rocks.

    ‘a rocky crag above the village’
    ‘hillsides of dry, rocky soil’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ariadne poses against a rocky outcrop and raises her hand in a rhetorical gesture that makes her seem irate and merciful, proud and humble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here, a rocky canyon spans the width of both panels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Traces of these explorations are still visible in the rocky outcrops on the ridge.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These may be the best teeth for hard or rocky soil and for heavy infestations of quackgrass and other weeds with underground rhizomes.’
    • ‘Overlooking a beach on Spain's rocky north-west coast, this restaurant is a tactful presence in the landscape’
    • ‘They are replete with rocky crags, waterfalls, brooding skies and, in one case, a baleful moon straight out of a Caspar David Friedrich painting.’
    • ‘The rocky promontory at the top of the waterfall has long been regarded as one of the most romantic viewpoints in the mountains.’
    • ‘You present a house on a rocky site over the Pacific Ocean.’
    • ‘Scenes set on Gabriel's island are stunning - clear blue skies, nice definition of the rocky crags and crashing waves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 tomb, situated in an elevated position at the end of a rocky gorge, is a well-preserved architectural and artistic masterpiece.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I looked up at the little rocky cove above the pier.’
    • ‘But as the water runs its course across the landscape, it dissolves soluble salts contained in rocky river beds, corridors, and canyons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beside this river, carved on the rocky cliffs, you can read inscriptions of Egyptian Pharaohs, Assyrian kings and Roman commanders.’
    • ‘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 rocky canyon walls are almost like a natural amphitheater.’
    • ‘It is particularly adapted to rough, rocky land, trees with large, spreading root systems, finer textured soils and for interplanting in previously planted areas.’
    • ‘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 sharp rocky shores make the island inhospitable to man.’
    • ‘The music is monumental and the landscape limited to desert, or rocky mountain.’
    • ‘The spare condominium complex complements the rugged pasture land and rocky cliffs that distinguish Sea Ranch as a magnificent site.’
    • ‘That hope was soon dashed on the rocky shores of Scotland.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The boat study highlights a steep ramp extending into the sea - a fragment of man-made geometry laid upon the barren and rocky shoreline.’
    stony, rock-strewn, pebbly, shingly, rough, bumpy, rugged, hard
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  • 2Tending to rock or shake; unsteady.

    • ‘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 obstacles or problems.

    ‘the marriage seemingly got off to a rocky start’
    ‘a long, rocky road to pop stardom’
    • ‘It may have had a rocky road in its initial theatrical release, but the DVD format allows viewers to explore its unique world.’
    • ‘He steers clear of the build/bid approach, knowing that a contentious relationship between the owner and contractor signals a rocky road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were some rocky moments, but basically it's gone very well.’
    • ‘The newly unionized dancers of the ballet have already hit a rocky road with company management.’
    • ‘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 one long flashback we are shown the rocky road of Seth and Chelsea's relationship leading up to the present moment.’
    • ‘Rumor has it that the film experienced a rocky production history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They enter into a rocky marriage and a manager-star relationship that lasts for 15 grueling years of physical and psychological abuse.’
    • ‘I also think the transition from childhood to adulthood is generally more rocky than we've seen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gallery's rocky future means that no shows have been booked for 2001.’
    • ‘The Oscar-nominated drama stars Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney as a couple dealing with the trials and tribulations of a rocky marriage.’
    • ‘And like Terry, over the course of their rocky acquaintance Jean gains greater understanding and insight.’
    difficult, up and down, problematic, precarious, unsteady, unstable, uncertain, unsure, unreliable, undependable, built on sand
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Pronunciation

rocky

/ˈräkē//ˈrɑki/