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rock·y 1

 (rŏk′ē)
adj. rock·i·er, rock·i·est
1. Consisting of, containing, or abounding in rock or rocks.
2.
a. Resembling or suggesting rock; firm or hard.
b. Steadfast or stubborn; unyielding: her rocky heart.
3. Marked by obstructions or difficulties: the rocky road to success.

rock′i·ness n.

rock·y 2

 (rŏk′ē)
adj. rock·i·er, rock·i·est
1. Inclined or prone to sway or totter; unsteady or shaky: a rocky coat rack.
2. Appearing inclined to fail; discouraging or disappointing: had a rocky start, but managed to succeed.

rock′i·ness n.

rocky

(ˈrɒkɪ)
adj, rockier or rockiest
1. consisting of or abounding in rocks: a rocky shore.
2. hard or unyielding: rocky determination.
3. hard like rock: rocky muscles.
ˈrockily adv
ˈrockiness n

rocky

(ˈrɒkɪ)
adj, rockier or rockiest
1. weak, shaky, or unstable
2. informal (of a person) dizzy; sickly; nauseated
ˈrockily adv
ˈrockiness n

rock•y1

(ˈrɒk i)

adj. rock•i•er, rock•i•est.
1. full of or abounding in rocks.
2. consisting of rock.
3. rocklike.
4. firm; steadfast.

rock•y2

(ˈrɒk i)

adj. rock•i•er, rock•i•est.
1. wobbly; unsteady.
2. full of hazards; uncertain: a business with a rocky future.
3. physically unsteady or weak, as from sickness.
[1730–40; (definition 2) influenced by metaphoric uses of rocky1, as a rocky road]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rocky - abounding in rocks or stones; "rocky fields"; "stony ground"; "bouldery beaches"
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
2.rocky - causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements; "a rough ride"
3.rocky - liable to rock; "on high rocky heels"
unstable - lacking stability or fixity or firmness; "unstable political conditions"; "the tower proved to be unstable in the high wind"; "an unstable world economy"
4.rocky - full of hardship or trials; "the rocky road to success"; "they were having a rough time"
difficult, hard - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

rocky

1
adjective rough, rugged, stony, craggy, pebbly, boulder-strewn, shingly The paths are often very rocky.

rocky

2
adjective unstable, weak, uncertain, doubtful, shaky, unreliable, wobbly, rickety, unsteady, undependable Their relationship had gotten off to a rocky start.

rocky

adjective
Affected or tending to be affected with minor health problems:
Translations
صَخْريمُتَهَزْهِز
kolísavýskalnatývratký
klippefuldusikkervakkelvorn
klettótturóstöîugur, valtur
kolísavý
skalnat
kayalıksağlam olmayansallantılı

rocky

1 [ˈrɒkɪ]
A. ADJ (rockier (compar) (rockiest (superl))) [substance] → (duro) como la piedra; [slope etc] → rocoso
B. CPD Rocky Mountains NPLMontañas fpl Rocosas

rocky

2 [ˈrɒkɪ] ADJ (rockier (compar) (rockiest (superl))) (= shaky, unsteady) → inestable, bamboleante (fig) [situation] → inseguro, inestable; [government etc] → débil

rocky

[ˈrɒki] adj
[hill, coastline, outcrop] → rocheux/euse; [path, ground, slope, soil] → rocailleux/euse
(= unsteady) [table] → branlant(e)
(= unstable) [situation] → précaire; [time] → difficile; [marriage] → fragile
to get off to a rocky start → connaître des débuts difficiles
They got off to a rocky start → Ils ont connu des débuts difficiles.Rocky Mountains npl
the Rocky Mountains → les (montagnes fpl) Rocheuses fpl

rocky

1
adj (= unsteady)wackelig (also fig inf)

rocky

2
adj (+er) mountain, hillfelsig; road, pathsteinig; rocky outcropausstreichendes Gestein (spec)

rocky

1 [ˈrɒkɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (hill) → roccioso/a; (path) → sassoso/a

rocky

2 [ˈrɒkɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (shaky, unsteady) → malfermo/a, traballante (fig) (situation, marriage) → instabile

rock1

(rok) noun
1. (a large lump or mass of) the solid parts of the surface of the Earth. The ship struck a rock and sank; the rocks on the seashore; He built his house on solid rock.
2. a large stone. The climber was killed by a falling rock.
3. a type of hard sweet made in sticks. a stick of Edinburgh rock.
ˈrockeryplural ˈrockeries noun
a heap of rocks in a garden with earth between them in which small plants are grown.
ˈrocky adjective
a rocky coastline.
ˈrockiness noun
ˌrock-ˈbottom noun, adjective
(at) the lowest level possible. Prices have reached rock-bottom; rock-bottom prices.
ˈrock-garden noun
a rockery.
ˈrock-plant noun
any plant which grows among rocks eg on mountains, often also grown in rockeries.
on the rocks
in a state of ruin or of great financial difficulty. Their marriage is on the rocks; The firm is on the rocks.

rock2

(rok) verb
1. to (cause to) swing gently backwards and forwards or from side to side. The mother rocked the cradle; This cradle rocks.
2. to swing (a baby) gently in one's arms to comfort it or make it sleep.
3. to shake or move violently. The earthquake rocked the building.
ˈrocker noun
1. one of usually two curved supports on which a cradle, rocking-chair etc rocks.
2. a rocking-chair.
ˈrocky adjective
which rocks or shakes; unsteady; unsafe.
ˈrockiness noun
ˈrocking-chair noun
a chair which rocks backwards and forwards on rockers.
ˈrocking-horse noun
a toy horse which rocks backwards and forwards on rockers.
off one's rocker
mad; crazy.
References in classic literature ?
State of the fur trade of the Rocky Mountains American enterprises General Ashley and his associates Sublette, a famous leader Yearly rendezvous among the mountains Stratagems and dangers of the trade Bands of trappers Indian banditti Crows and Blackfeet Mountaineers Traders of the Far West Character and habits of the trapper
Astor abandoned all thoughts of regaining Astoria, and made no further attempt to extend his enterprises beyond the Rocky Mountains; and the Northwest Company considered themselves the lords of the country.
In places it was totally obliterated by the passage of many beasts, and where the way was rocky, even Tarzan of the Apes was almost baffled; but there was still the faint effluvium which clung to the human spoor, appreciable only to such highly trained perceptive powers as were Tarzan's.
After what seemed an eternity to Tibo, they arrived at the mouth of a cave between two rocky hills.
It was in the section included between this range and the Rocky Mountains that the American engineers found the most formidable difficulties in laying the road, and that the government granted a subsidy of forty-eight thousand dollars per mile, instead of sixteen thousand allowed for the work done on the plains.
At eleven in the morning the train had reached the dividing ridge of the waters at Bridger Pass, seven thousand five hundred and twenty-four feet above the level of the sea, one of the highest points attained by the track in crossing the Rocky Mountains.
Rejoice, blessed Leto, for you bare glorious children, the lord Apollo and Artemis who delights in arrows; her in Ortygia, and him in rocky Delos, as you rested against the great mass of the Cynthian hill hard by a palm-tree by the streams of Inopus.
This led him to advert to a great enterprise set on foot and conducted by him, between twenty and thirty years since, having for its object to carry the fur trade across the Rocky Mountains, and to sweep the shores of the Pacific.
On the west, however, rise the Rocky Mountains, that immense range which, commencing at the Straights of Magellan, follows the western coast of Southern America under the name of the Andes or the Cordilleras, until it crosses the Isthmus of Panama, and runs up the whole of North America to the very borders of the Polar Sea.
The geological formation of that portion of the American Union, which lies between the Alleghanies and the Rocky Mountains, has given rise to many ingenious theories.
Warned by the seer Teiresias Creon repents him and hurries to release Antigone from her rocky prison.
Some intrepid larches waved green pennons in the very midst of the turbulent water, here and there a veteran lay with his many-summered head abased in the rocky course of the stream, and here was a young foolhardy beech that had climbed within a dozen yards of the rampart.