rocky

1
[ rok-ee ]
/ ˈrɒk i /

adjective, rock·i·er, rock·i·est.

full of or abounding in rocks.
consisting of rock.
rocklike: wood with a rocky hardness.
firm; steadfast: rocky endurance.
unfeeling; without sympathy or emotion: my rocky heart.

Origin of rocky

1
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at rock1, -y1

Definition for rocky (2 of 3)

rocky

2
[ rok-ee ]
/ ˈrɒk i /

adjective, rock·i·er, rock·i·est.

inclined or likely to rock; tottering; shaky; unsteady.
difficult or uncertain; full of hazards or obstacles: a business with a rocky future.
physically unsteady or weak, as from sickness.

Origin of rocky

2
First recorded in 1730–40; rock2 + -y1

Definition for rocky (3 of 3)

Rock

or Rock·y

[ rok or rok-ee ]
/ rɒk or ˈrɒk i /

noun

a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for rocky (1 of 5)

rocky

1
/ (ˈrɒkɪ) /

adjective rockier or rockiest

consisting of or abounding in rocksa rocky shore
hard or unyieldingrocky determination
hard like rockrocky muscles
Derived Formsrockily, adverbrockiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for rocky (2 of 5)

rocky

2
/ (ˈrɒkɪ) /

adjective rockier or rockiest

weak, shaky, or unstable
informal (of a person) dizzy; sickly; nauseated
Derived Formsrockily, adverbrockiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for rocky (3 of 5)

rock

1
/ (rɒk) /

noun

Word Origin for rock

C14: from Old French roche, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for rocky (4 of 5)

rock

2
/ (rɒk) /

verb

noun

See also rock up

Word Origin for rock

Old English roccian; related to Middle Dutch, Old High German rocken, German rücken

British Dictionary definitions for rocky (5 of 5)

Rock

/ (rɒk) /

noun the Rock

an informal name for Gibraltar
a Canadian informal name for Newfoundland
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Medicine definitions for rocky

Rock

[ rŏk ]
John 1890-1984

American gynecologist and obstetrician who helped develop the first effective oral contraceptive in 1954.
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Science definitions for rocky

rock

[ rŏk ]

A relatively hard, naturally occurring mineral material. Rock can consist of a single mineral or of several minerals that are either tightly compacted or held together by a cementlike mineral matrix. The three main types of rock are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.
A piece of such material; a stone.
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Idioms and Phrases with rocky

rock


In addition to the idioms beginning with rock

  • rock bottom
  • rocks in one's head, have
  • rock the boat

also see:

  • between a rock and a hard place
  • on the rocks
  • steady as a rock
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