rock·​i·​ness | \ ˈrä-kē-nəs How to pronounce rockiness (audio) \

Definition of rockiness

: the quality or state of being rocky

Examples of rockiness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the rockiness of the days since Floyd's death May 25 dissipated on Tuesday night, with demonstrations continuing around the country, but without major reports of violence. Amy Forliti, Anchorage Daily News, "Three more Minneapolis officers charged in death of George Floyd as murder charge is upgraded," 3 June 2020 The idea of a public cease-fire doesn’t change the rockiness of negotiations over a new PBA to replace the one expiring in September., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 15 Dec. 2019 One of her former crushes (and one of her love letter recipients from the last film), John Ambrose McClaren, steps back into her life, which will likely cause some rockiness between her and Peter. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The sequel to Netflix's 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' now has an official trailer—with a new guy.," 19 Dec. 2019 The amount of nighttime glow indicates the relative rockiness of a crater and thus, the method assumes, its age. Quanta Magazine, "Asteroid Rate Jumped in Solar System’s Past," 17 Jan. 2019 Theory says there should be no such dearth of dollar funding obtained synthetically, but since the 2008 crisis there’s a scarcity that comes and goes, signaling fear ahead of rockiness in the global economy. Washington Post, "Danger Signs From an Esoteric Corner of Finance," 18 Sep. 2019 But by lowering the bar, investors will have to brace for greater volatility in a market already known for its rockiness and gambling-like atmosphere. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "China’s ‘Nasdaq’ Soared 140% on its First Day and Minted 3 New Billionaires," 23 July 2019 The rockiness of the terrain, while great for wine quality, also requires extensive excavation. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "The rise of the Red Hills of Lake County," 1 June 2018 Following President Donald Trump’s letter on Thursday canceling the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month, investors appear to be bracing for more rockiness ahead. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Gold and Defense Stocks Rise as Donald Trump Cancels North Korea Summit," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of rockiness

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Rockiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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