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rollicking

[rol-i-king]
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adjective
  1. carefree and joyous: They had a rollicking good time.
  2. swaggering; boisterous.
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Origin of rollicking

First recorded in 1805–15; rollick + -ing2
Related formsrol·lick·ing·ly, adverbrol·lick·ing·ness, noun

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1. jolly, hearty, merry, gay, exuberant.

rollick

[rol-ik]
verb (used without object)
  1. to move or act in a carefree, frolicsome manner; behave in a free, hearty, lively, or jovial way.
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Origin of rollick

1820–30; blend of romp and frolic
Related formsrol·lick·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rollicking

rollicking1

adjective
  1. boisterously carefree and swaggering
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rollicking2

noun
  1. British informal a very severe telling-off; dressing-down
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Word Origin

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

rollick

verb
  1. (intr) to behave in a carefree, frolicsome, or boisterous manner
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noun
  1. a boisterous or carefree escapade or event
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Word Origin

C19: of Scottish dialect origin, probably from romp + frolic
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Word Origin and History for rollicking

adj.

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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