rocky

Anything rocky is covered with rocks, like a rocky beach or hillside. You can also use rocky for something that moves in a bumpy or uneven manner, like a rocky ride in a Jeep.

There's a figurative sense of rocky that means "difficult, rough, or up-and-down" like your rocky relationship with your sister or a struggling business's rocky future. This meaning comes from a combination of the "uneven and covered with rocks" definition and the verb rock, or "sway back and forth." The Rocky Mountains, which aren't actually all that rocky, were named for the local Native American people, called "the stone Sioux" by their Cree neighbors.

Primary Meanings of rocky

1.
adj
abounding in rocks or stones
2.
adj
liable to rock
Full Definitions of rocky
1

adj abounding in rocks or stones

rocky fields”
Synonyms:
bouldered, bouldery, stony
rough, unsmooth
having or caused by an irregular surface

adj causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements

Synonyms:
bumpy, jolting, jolty, jumpy, rough
Antonyms:
smooth
of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence

adj full of hardship or trials

“the rocky road to success”
Synonyms:
rough
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
2

adj liable to rock

“on high rocky heels”
Synonyms:
unstable
lacking stability or fixity or firmness

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