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rocky

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[ rok-ee ]
/ ˈrɒk i /
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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.
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Origin of rocky

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

Other definitions for rocky (2 of 2)

rocky2
[ 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

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First recorded in 1730–40; rock2 + -y1
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How to use rocky in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rocky (1 of 2)

rocky1
/ (ˈrɒkɪ) /

adjective rockier or rockiest
consisting of or abounding in rocksa rocky shore
hard or unyieldingrocky determination
hard like rockrocky muscles

Derived forms of rocky

rockily, adverbrockiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for rocky (2 of 2)

rocky2
/ (ˈrɒkɪ) /

adjective rockier or rockiest
weak, shaky, or unstable
informal (of a person) dizzy; sickly; nauseated

Derived forms of rocky

rockily, adverbrockiness, noun
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