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Definition of rollicking

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for rollicking


boisterous, hell-raising, knockabout, rambunctious, raucous, robustious, roisterous, rowdy, rumbustious [chiefly British]



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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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Stop by the Ruby Valley Brew in Sheridan for a craft beer (there’s a rollicking trivia night on Wednesdays), or ogle at the oddities inside the Thompson-Hickman Museum in Virginia City. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Bozeman, Butte, Big Sky, and Back: The Ultimate Southwest Montana Road Trip," 31 Aug. 2018 Half the fun of zipping through the rollicking family drama of Crazy Rich Asians is the fashion. Hannah Orenstein, Vox, "How do you choose an outfit for a fictional character? 5 authors explain.," 12 Sep. 2018 For billionaire car collectors, Monterey Car Week each August is the ultimate event in the world, a rollicking celebration of excellence, commerce, charity, and glamorous camaraderie. Alex Hitz, Town & Country, "The Quail Is the Highlight of Monterey Car Week," 6 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of rollicking

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rollicking was in 1811

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English Language Learners Definition of rollicking

informal : enjoyable in a lively or noisy way

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