a rocket firework that ascends into the air and explodes at a height, usually in a brilliant array of sparks of one or more colors.
Also called scarlet gilia. a plant, Ipomopsis aggregata, of the phlox family, native to western North America, having finely divided leaves and clusters of red, trumpet-shaped flowers.
an organized group cheer, usually led by a cheerleader, as at a football or basketball game, which begins with a hissing or whistling and ends with a shout.

verb (used without object)

to rise or increase rapidly or suddenly, especially to unexpected or unprecedented levels: Prices skyrocketed during the war.

verb (used with object)

to cause to rise or increase rapidly and usually suddenly: Economic changes have skyrocketed prices.
to thrust with sudden dramatic advancement; catapult: Talent has skyrocketed him to fame.

Origin of skyrocket

First recorded in 1680–90; sky + rocket1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for skyrocketed

catapult, rocket, escalate, rise, zoom, shoot, tower, lift, ascend, arise

Examples from the Web for skyrocketed

Contemporary Examples of skyrocketed

Historical Examples of skyrocketed

  • The price on your kisses has just skyrocketed to a million apiece.

  • Well, at least the common shares of the concern had skyrocketed following the victory.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for skyrocketed



another word for rocket 1 (def. 1)


(intr) informal to rise rapidly, as in price
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for skyrocketed



1680s, type of firework, from sky (n.) + rocket (n.2). The verb, in the figurative sense of "to rise abruptly and rapidly" (often with suggestion of 'and then explode and vanish'") is attested from 1895.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper