There are 2 main definitions of rollicking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ/


Exuberantly lively and amusing: this is all good rollicking fun
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  • One would've had more rollicking good fun in an evening of prayers for the dead.
  • But, overall, this is rollicking good fun and a genuinely thrilling entry into the movie series which does much to erase any doubts that their finest had lost his edge.
  • Sunday's closing gala cabaret promises to be a rollicking affair.
lively, boisterous, exuberant, frisky, spirited;
riotous, noisy, rip-roaring, wild, unrestrained, uninhibited, rowdy, roisterous, unruly
British informal rumbustious
North American informal rambunctious
archaic frolicsome, robustious
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There are 2 main definitions of rollicking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɒlɪkɪŋ/
(also rollocking)


British informal
A severe reprimand: I’ve had a bit of a rollicking for not riding with more restraint
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  • You need someone who will hand out rollockings, pull people about and get them into shape.
  • You clearly get a bit down after games like that, when you get a deserved rollocking off the gaffer.
  • The first thing that struck me was he wasn't afraid to give me a rollocking, even though we had been teammates.


1930s: euphemistic alteration of bollocking.

  • bollocks from mid 18th century:

    Bollocks used to be ballocks, and in that spelling they go back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The word is related to ball, and like many rude words it was perfectly standard English until around the 18th century. It is now used in several colourful expressions. A bollocking, or severe telling-off, is more genteelly written as a rollicking (mid 20th century), and it is more refined to make a Horlicks of (late 20th century) something than to make a bollocks of it. The dog's bollocks is a coarse version of expressions like the bee's knees or the cat's pyjamas, meaning ‘an excellent person or thing’, which was popularized in the late 1980s by the comic Viz.

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