rol·​lick·​ing ˈrä-li-kiŋ How to pronounce rollicking (audio)
: boisterously carefree, joyful, or high-spirited
a rollicking adventure film

Examples of rollicking in a Sentence

We had a rollicking good time. reunions with his friends from college were usually rollicking affairs
Recent Examples on the Web Joy’s jazzy, smoky version of the Marvin Gaye classic, coupled with her velvety vocals, sparked another rollicking ovation led by John who was the first to stand up. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 4 Feb. 2023 His setlist, a rollicking walk-down-memory-lane of solo hits, NKOTB favorites, standards, show tunes and cover songs, showcased his range as an entertainer, musical virtuoso and keen collaborator. Sonal Dutt, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2023 From the first rollicking guitar notes, King brings her signature intrepid swagger, delighting in exposing a cheating lover. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 6 Jan. 2023 This might not be saying much, since the entire movie, a rollicking and ruminative look at the director’s childhood and teenage years, could hardly have been made by anyone else. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 In 2009, Christopher McDougall published Born to Run, a rollicking account of the distance running feats of a tribe living in Mexico’s Copper Canyons known as the Tarahumara. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 20 Dec. 2019 Rodrigo won three in total, actually, including best new artist, capping off a rollicking 15-month stretch. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 It’s a rollicking, joyful piece, and from the opening bars Miró played with a unity that was almost disorienting. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, 15 Nov. 2021 Ghost Hounds opened Saturday’s show with a rollicking 45 minute performance showcasing cuts from their latest studio album, September’s A Little Calamity. Jim Ryan, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rollicking was in 1811

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“Rollicking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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rol·​lick·​ing ˈräl-ik-iŋ How to pronounce rollicking (audio)
: full of fun and good spirits

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