rollicking

[ rol-i-king ]
/ ˈrɒl ɪ kɪŋ /

adjective

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

Origin of rollicking

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

Definition for rollicking (2 of 2)

rollick

[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for rollicking (1 of 3)

rollicking

1
/ (ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ) /

adjective

boisterously carefree and swaggering

British Dictionary definitions for rollicking (2 of 3)

rollicking

2
/ (ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for rollicking (3 of 3)

rollick

/ (ˈrɒlɪk) /

verb

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

noun

a boisterous or carefree escapade or event

Word Origin for rollick

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