[ rol-i-king ]
/ ˈrɒl ɪ kɪŋ /


carefree and joyous: They had a rollicking good time.
swaggering; boisterous.

Nearby words

  1. rollerblade,
  2. rollercoaster,
  3. rollerskate,
  4. rolliche,
  5. rollick,
  6. rollicksome,
  7. rolling,
  8. rolling bearing,
  9. rolling boil,
  10. rolling friction

Origin of rollicking

First recorded in 1805–15; rollick + -ing2

Related formsrol·lick·ing·ly, adverbrol·lick·ing·ness, noun


[ rol-ik ]
/ ˈrɒl ɪk /

verb (used without object)

to move or act in a carefree, frolicsome manner; behave in a free, hearty, lively, or jovial way.

Origin of rollick

1820–30; blend of romp and frolic

Related formsrol·lick·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rollicking

British Dictionary definitions for rollicking


/ (ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ) /


boisterously carefree and swaggering


British informal a very severe telling-off; dressing-down

Word Origin for rollicking

C20: from rollick (vb) (in former sense: to be angry, make a fuss); perhaps influenced by bollocking


/ (ˈrɒlɪk) /


(intr) to behave in a carefree, frolicsome, or boisterous manner


a boisterous or carefree escapade or event

Word Origin for rollick

C19: of Scottish dialect origin, probably from romp + frolic

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Word Origin and History for rollicking



1811, present participle adjective from rollick "be jovial in behavior" (though this does not appear in print until 1826), which perhaps is a blend of roll (v.) and frolic (v.).

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