- carefree and joyous: They had a rollicking good time.
- swaggering; boisterous.
Origin of rollicking
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1. jolly, hearty, merry, gay, exuberant.
- to move or act in a carefree, frolicsome manner; behave in a free, hearty, lively, or jovial way.
Origin of rollick
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Examples from the Web for rollicking
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Game of Thrones may be rollicking fantasy, but beneath its bloody surface it is also about our dysfunctional political system.Daenerys Goes to Washington: The Modern Politics of ‘Game of Thrones’
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The press release touting the event promised a rollicking good time: “Tea Party Rocks Washington.”Tea Party Is 5! No More Tantrums?
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The author of the rollicking spy novel Angelmaker, just out in paperback, tells us why reading novels is difficult for him.Book Bag: What Nick Harkaway Is Reading
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“We had a rollicking time in the south of France for several months,” Cannon said, noting Sue visited the set several times.Death of a Hollywood Superagent
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With that spirit, she will never get the rollicking air for her first act.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
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They were gone in an instant and in pursuit of them rushed a rollicking lurch of sound.Erik Dorn
She must have had a bee in her bonnet with all these rollicking children round her.Prudy Keeping House
Dark laughed, a rollicking, relieved laugh, and swept her into his arms.Rebels of the Red Planet
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Along with this rollicking fun he had a vein of deepest melancholy.The Negro and the Nation
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- boisterously carefree and swaggering
- British informal a very severe telling-off; dressing-down
C20: from rollick (vb) (in former sense: to be angry, make a fuss); perhaps influenced by bollocking
- (intr) to behave in a carefree, frolicsome, or boisterous manner
- a boisterous or carefree escapade or event
C19: of Scottish dialect origin, probably from romp + frolic
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Word Origin and History for rollicking
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