Definition of rocky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɒki/

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.
2Tending to rock or shake; unsteady: older types of sash windows are a bit rocky
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  • The landing was fairly smooth, a bit rocky at times, but overall comfortable.
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.
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.





Pronunciation: /ˈrɒkɪnəs/
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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.

Words that rhyme with rocky

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

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