Definition of rocky in English:

rocky

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɒki
 
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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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    • These may be the best teeth for hard or rocky soil and for heavy infestations of quackgrass and other weeds with underground rhizomes.
    • The music is monumental and the landscape limited to desert, or rocky mountain.
    • It is particularly adapted to rough, rocky land, trees with large, spreading root systems, finer textured soils and for interplanting in previously planted areas.
    Synonyms
    stony, rock-strewn, pebbly, shingly, rough, bumpy, rugged, hard; craggy, mountainous
  • 3Difficult and full of problems: the marriage seemingly got off to a rocky start the rocky road to success
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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.
    Synonyms
    difficult, up and down, problematic, precarious, unsteady, unstable, uncertain, unsure, unreliable, undependable, built on sand
    informal iffy
  • 4Relating to or characteristic of rock music: rocky and acoustic folk bands
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    • From the opening song, with its heavy guitar and upbeat rocky riff, you can see that she loves her fanbase and wants to show it a good time.

Derivatives

rockily

adverb

rockiness

noun
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  • Mixing up various Latino styles with reggae, ska and a pinch of rockiness, they aim to get the party started, pure and simple.
  • Any potential rockiness ahead may dissuade the Reserve Bank from raising interest rates again, at least before the end of the year.
  • This is his first studio recording since Made in Medina and falls somewhere between the rockiness of that album and his earlier, more folkloric masterpiece.

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