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[rou-dee] /ˈraʊ di/
noun, plural rowdies.
a rough, disorderly person.
adjective, rowdier, rowdiest.
rough and disorderly:
rowdy behavior at school.
Origin of rowdy
1810-20, Americanism; perhaps irregular from row3
Related forms
rowdily, adverb
rowdiness, noun
unrowdy, adjective
2. boisterous, unruly, obstreperous. Unabridged
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  • In Walter Savage Landor, authority recognised a noisier and rowdier specimen of the same class.

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  • There was still a noisy crowd at the gates of the town, and we were being followed out by some of the rowdier members.

  • Some of the rowdier spirits now sought out the proprietor, hoping to duck him in one of his own ponds.

British Dictionary definitions for rowdier


adjective -dier, -diest
tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderly: a rowdy gang of football supporters
noun (pl) -dies
a person who behaves in a rough disorderly fashion
Derived Forms
rowdily, adverb
rowdiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: originally US slang, perhaps related to row³
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Word Origin and History for rowdier



"a rough, quarrelsome person," 1808, American English, originally "lawless backwoodsman," probably from row (n.2). The adjective is first recorded 1819. Related: Rowdily; rowdiness.

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