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(1)   Full of hardship or trials
"The rocky road to success"
"They were having a rough time"
(2)   Abounding in rocks or stones
"Rocky fields"
"Stony ground"
"Bouldery beaches"
(3)   Causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements
"A rough ride"
(4)   Liable to rock
"On high rocky heels"

Proper noun

  1. A male given name, pet form of Rocco.
  2. Rocky Balboa, a fictional boxer played by Sylvester Stallone in a series of films.
  3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


  • 1995, Patricia Cornwell, From Potter's Field, Berkeley Books 2005, ISBN 0425204693, page 82:
    'I didn't know your son's name was Rocky,' I quietly said as we started walking again.
    'It's really Richard. When he was a kid we called him Ricky, which somehow turned into Rocky. Some people call him Rocco. He gets called a lot of things.'