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


[rol-ik] /ˈrɒl ɪk/
verb (used without object)
to move or act in a carefree, frolicsome manner; behave in a free, hearty, gay, or jovial way.
1820–30; blend of romp and frolic
Related forms
rollicker, noun
Example Sentences for rollicking
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.
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
rollick (ˈrɒlɪk)
1.  (intr) to behave in a carefree, frolicsome, or boisterous manner
2.  a boisterous or carefree escapade or event
[C19: of Scottish dialect origin, probably from romp + frolic]

rollicking1 (ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ)
boisterously carefree and swaggering

rollicking2 (ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ)
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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Word Origin and History for 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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