rollicking

[rol-i-king]
adjective
1.
carefree and joyous: They had a rollicking good time.
2.
swaggering; boisterous.

Origin:
1805–15; rollick + -ing2

rollickingly, adverb
rollickingness, noun


1. jolly, hearty, merry, gay, exuberant.
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rollick

[rol-ik]
verb (used without object)
to move or act in a carefree, frolicsome manner; behave in a free, hearty, gay, or jovial way.

Origin:
1820–30; blend of romp and frolic

rollicker, noun
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rollick (ˈrɒlɪk)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to behave in a carefree, frolicsome, or boisterous manner
 
n
2.  a boisterous or carefree escapade or event
 
[C19: of Scottish dialect origin, probably from romp + frolic]

rollicking1 (ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ)
 
adj
boisterously carefree and swaggering

rollicking2 (ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ)
 
n
informal (Brit) a very severe telling-off; dressing-down
 
[C20: from rollick (vb) (in former sense: to be angry, make a fuss); perhaps influenced by bollocking]

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rollicking
1811, adj. use of prp. of rollick "to frolic, sport" (though this does not appear in print until 1826), which is perhaps a blend of roll and frolic.
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Example sentences
It is in the early days of rollicking boyhood that the revelation first bursts
  upon one, all in a day, as it were.
Whimsically illustrated, this is a rollicking good laugh as well as an
  excellent source of information on dinosaurs of all kinds.
It is in the early days of rollicking boyhood that the revelation first burst
  upon one, all in a day, as it were.
He exerted that influence thanks not to his ideas but almost entirely to his
  beguiling style, at once rollicking and astringent.
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