rocky

1 of 2

adjective (1)

rockier; rockiest
1
: abounding in or consisting of rocks
2
: difficult to impress or affect : insensitive
3
: firmly held : steadfast

rocky

2 of 2

adjective (2)

rockier; rockiest
1
2
: physically upset or mentally confused (as from drinking excessively)
3
: marked by obstacles or problems : difficult, rough
a financially rocky yearMichael Murray

Examples of rocky in a Sentence

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Adjective
Nested into a rocky outcropping, the asymmetrical roofline resembles the beetle’s elytra (its hard outer shell), and much of the exterior is clad in weathered corten steel, which lasts more than 25 years and can be recycled as raw material. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2024 As on most other rocky planets, the water on Mercury probably came from asteroids that crash-landed onto the surface. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Apr. 2024 Trail is rocky and uneven, so wear comfortable shoes. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Apr. 2024 Since the early 2000s, China has been expanding rocky reefs and sand bars that speckle the waters of the South China Sea in order to strengthen its claims over the waters that surround them. Emily Feng, NPR, 11 Apr. 2024 Aerial footage Wednesday night from KTLA-TV showed a gray-silver vehicle had tumbled more than 100 feet off the cliffside into the brush and rocky ravine below. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Visitors to the beach take a dirt road and descend a rocky path. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 Likewise, oxygen was considered a biosignature gas until the 2010s, when researchers including Victoria Meadows at the NASA Astrobiology Institute’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory began to find ways that rocky planets could accumulate oxygen without a biosphere. Elise Cutts, WIRED, 7 Apr. 2024 Each of the contemporary pieces, anonymously strung like shaky rope bridges between the comparative terra firma of the Bach movements, struggled to cloak the rocky, inhospitable terroir of their respective origins. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective (1)

Middle English rokky, from rokke rock

Adjective (2)

rock entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rocky was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rocky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rocky. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

rocky

1 of 2 adjective
rockier; rockiest
: full of or consisting of rocks
rockiness noun

rocky

2 of 2 adjective
rockier; rockiest
1
: weak and confused and unsteady on one's feet
2
: marked by obstacles or problems : difficult
a rocky start
rockiness
-ē-nəs
noun

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