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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Consisting of, containing, or abounding in rock or rocks.
  • adj. Resembling or suggesting rock; firm or hard.
  • adj. Steadfast or stubborn; unyielding: her rocky heart.
  • adj. Marked by obstructions or difficulties: the rocky road to success.
  • adj. Inclined or prone to sway or totter; unsteady or shaky: a rocky shelf.
  • adj. Appearing inclined to fail; discouraging or disappointing: had a rocky start, but managed to succeed.
  • adj. Weak, dizzy, or nauseated, especially as a result of the excessive intake of alcohol or drugs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unstable; easily rocked.
  • adj. In the style of rock and roll music.
  • adj. Troubled; or difficult; in danger or distress.
  • adj. Full of, or abounding in, rocks; consisting of rocks.
  • adj. Like a rock.
  • adj. Not easily impressed or affected; hard; unfeeling; obdurate; as, a rocky bosom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of, or abounding in, rocks; consisting of rocks.
  • adj. Like a rock.
  • adj. Fig.: Not easily impressed or affected; hard; unfeeling; obdurate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of rocks; abounding in rocks: as, a rocky mountain.
  • Consisting of rock or rocks.
  • Resembling a rock; hence, hard; stony; obdurate; insusceptible of impression; hard as a rock: as, a rocky bosom.
  • Disposed to rock or reel; hence, giddy; tipsy; dizzy.
  • In a shaky, precarious condition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. liable to rock
  • adj. abounding in rocks or stones
  • adj. full of hardship or trials
  • adj. causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements


From rock (“to move back and forth”) +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)
From rock (“stone”) +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)



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