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rollicking

[rol-i-king] /ˈrɒl ɪ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
carefree and joyous:
They had a rollicking good time.
2.
swaggering; boisterous.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; rollick + -ing2
Related forms
rollickingly, adverb
rollickingness, noun
Synonyms
1. jolly, hearty, merry, gay, exuberant.

rollick

[rol-ik] /ˈrɒl ɪk/
verb (used without object)
1.
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
Related forms
rollicker, noun
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  • It is in the early days of rollicking boyhood that the revelation first bursts upon one, all in a day, as it were.
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  • Among historians of science, that's what is known as a rollicking and auspicious start.
  • 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.
  • One month might see them in a rollicking adventure story and then see them in a heart-breaking tragedy three months down the line.
  • The whole rollicking adventure zips along a mile a minute.
  • There are plenty of party boats plying the waters, popular with singles looking for a nonstop, rollicking fun.
  • We were rollicking in those sublime early days of marriage when life seems about as good as life can get.
  • The event was portrayed as some sort of rollicking pizza party.
British Dictionary definitions for rollicking

rollicking1

/ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
boisterously carefree and swaggering

rollicking2

/ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) a very severe telling-off; dressing-down
Word Origin
C20: from rollick (vb) (in former sense: to be angry, make a fuss); perhaps influenced by bollocking

rollick

/ˈrɒlɪk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to behave in a carefree, frolicsome, or boisterous manner
noun
2.
a boisterous or carefree escapade or event
Word Origin
C19: of Scottish dialect origin, probably from romp + frolic
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Word Origin and History for rollicking
adj.

1811, present participle adjective from rollick "be jovial in behavior" (though this does not appear in print until 1826), which perhaps is a blend of roll (v.) and frolic (v.).

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