rol·lick·ing | \ˈrä-li-kiŋ \

Definition of rollicking 

: boisterously carefree, joyful, or high-spirited a rollicking adventure film

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Synonyms & Antonyms for rollicking


boisterous, knockabout, rambunctious, raucous, rowdy



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Examples of rollicking in a Sentence

We had a rollicking good time. reunions with his friends from college were usually rollicking affairs

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Cutting-edge punk An eclectic collection of Detroit’s modern punk, experimental, glam or just overall gnarly bands will be putting on a rollicking show Friday at PJ's Lager House. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Grayling album release, J. Walker & the Crossguards, Chris Canas," 12 July 2018 Godless’’ embraces the tropes of both a rollicking ’50s western and the darkly philosophical anti-westerns of the late ’60s and early ’70s, but with the feminist twist of an 1880s mining town run entirely by women widowed by a silver-mine collapse. Scott Tobias,, "How TV has brought the western into the 21st century," 5 July 2018 Corey Stoll's rollicking portrayal of the villainous Iago in Shakespeare's classic takes some getting used to. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Othello': Theater Review," 19 June 2018 The pair divvied up the songs that the elder Frey sang with the band during his lifetime, with the small Frey taking on the rollicking material and Gill taking the mellow road. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "A revamped Eagles lineup and Chris Stapleton knock the hits out of Minute Maid Park," 16 June 2018 Everything comes together at the rollicking Friday night, family style meals that begin at 8 p.m. and often don’t end until two o’clock in the morning. Jessica Steinberg, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside an Israeli Chef’s Stunning Farmhouse and Garden," 8 June 2018 And indeed, Debbie uses what could be a handicap to her advantage in a rollicking shoplifting spree at Bergdorf’s. Lindsey Bahr, kansascity, "‘Ocean’s 8’ cruises through familiar waters with its talented all-star cast," 7 June 2018 The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity’ The rollicking tale of Macedonio Guerra, aka Mace, a Puerto Rican wrestler from the Bronx perpetually playing the fall guy in professional wrestling companies. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Hons, Greeks and a soulful circus: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week," 3 June 2018 Hidden motives and eccentric characters abound in this rollicking adventure for readers ages 8-12. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Days When Reading Is the Stuff of Freedom," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of rollicking

1811, in the meaning defined above

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get a rollicking

give (someone) a rollicking

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English Language Learners Definition of rollicking

: enjoyable in a lively or noisy way

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a state of commotion or excitement

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