Definition of rocky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈräkē/

adjective (rockier, rockiest)

1Consisting or full of rock or rocks: a rocky crag above the village hillsides of dry, rocky soil
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  • In his paintings, with their air-spun castles and dense, rocky crags, presented in thick, hazy, heavily impastoed surfaces, the world is remote and ever retreating.
  • They are replete with rocky crags, waterfalls, brooding skies and, in one case, a baleful moon straight out of a Caspar David Friedrich painting.
  • Scenes set on Gabriel's island are stunning - clear blue skies, nice definition of the rocky crags and crashing waves.
rough, bumpy;
craggy, mountainous
2Tending to rock or shake; unsteady.
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  • The landing was fairly smooth, a bit rocky at times, but overall comfortable.
3Difficult and full of obstacles or problems: a long, rocky road to pop stardom the marriage seemingly got off to a rocky start
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  • He steers clear of the build/bid approach, knowing that a contentious relationship between the owner and contractor signals a rocky road.
  • It may have had a rocky road in its initial theatrical release, but the DVD format allows viewers to explore its unique world.
  • Of course, none of this would matter if the film itself didn't bear the marks of its rocky road to a theater near you so prominently.
difficult, problematic, precarious, unstable, unreliable, undependable
informal iffy, up and down



Pronunciation: /ˈräkəlē/


Pronunciation: /ˈräkēnəs/

Words that rhyme with rocky

choccy, cocky, flocky, gnocchi, hockey, jockey, oche, pocky, schlocky, stocky

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Syllabification: rock·y

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