rock·​i·​ness ˈrä-kē-nəs How to pronounce rockiness (audio)
: the quality or state of being rocky

Examples of rockiness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For all the things that have gone wrong for the Lakers — veterans who haven’t been able to consistently contribute, offseason signings saddled with injuries and the continued rockiness of the Russell Westbrook experiment — Reaves has been one of the biggest successes. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2022 Contrary to recent reports that there might be some rockiness between John Mulaney and Olivia Munn, the two are, evidently, still dating—at least based on her use of the present tense while discussing him in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2021 Given the rockiness that retail companies expect to face in the next few months because of slowing consumer spending, pricing challenges and a possible recession, that’s a problem. Jordyn Holman, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2023 Even still, stocks are hanging onto healthy gains for the year despite recent rockiness. Stan Choe, ajc, 15 Feb. 2023 Strong free cash flows and healthy balance sheets are the name of the game in times of economic rockiness, and consumer staples like Walmart fare well even when many consumers are budgeting. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2023 But despite the rockiness, the Patriots bucked one of their worst habits against a depleted Dolphins defense. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2023 Some rockiness during that transition was likely inevitable. Paul Thompson, Vulture, 12 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rockiness was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Rockiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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