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

  • adj. Of, characteristic of, or abundant in rooks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. full of rooks
  • adj. misty; gloomy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Misty; gloomy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding in rooks; inhabited by rooks: as, a rooky tree.
  • [The above quotation is by some commentators held to bear the meaning of rooky.]
  • Same as roky. Brockett.


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  • In my spare time I wrote several articles dealing with the life of the soldier from the stage of raw "rooky" to that of finished fighter.

    The Amateur Army

  • No "rooky" fresh to the ranks is the butt of so many jokes and such biting sarcasm as the young officer is subjected to when he takes his place as a leader of men.

    The Amateur Army

  • A "rooky," who had joined the company, stood on the dock disconsolately.

    The Great White Tribe in Filipinia

  • The sky had seemed to darken, the air to thicken, the birds to gather in the "rooky" wood.


  • Again, it took place in northern BC and a rooky copy said it was self-defense because he was being choked.

    Who Watches the Watchmen: Police Investigating Themselves « Colleen Anderson

  • Pete's was the pie country, the rolling meadows of Middle England where foxes trot along the edges of ancient hedges before disappearing into rooky woods, and hilltops boast the spires of Norman churches, marking villages with names such as Branston and Stilton.

    A visit to pork pie country

  • If what we have had was "experience" then I will take a rooky!

    Romney on Obama: the presidency isn't an 'internship'

  • When Macbeth says "light thickens and the crow makes wing to the rooky wood", we get an astonishing image of deepening night; here the rapidly-spoken lines pass virtually unnoticed.

    Macbeth - review

  • He instructs that all rooky presidents get roughed up by the Intelligence Community.

    Nancy Pelosi; Courageous Hero

  • The deep fantasy of power is hers, in Verdi's vision, not her husband's, and one of the opera's greatest moments comes with lines that were taken from Macbeth — "Light thickens, and the crow/Makes wing to th 'rooky wood" — and given to her: "La luce langue."

    In the Night Kitchen


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