- a rough, disorderly person.
- rough and disorderly: rowdy behavior at school.
Origin of rowdy
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Examples from the Web for rowdiness
Even in the relapse into rowdiness there is a sort of relapse into comfort.What I Saw in America
G. K. Chesterton
Valletta is well policed; rowdiness does not obtrude itself upon the stranger.The Story of Malta
Maturin M. Ballou
He is averse to rowdiness or horse-play of any kind, and avoids giving offence.The Inhabitants of the Philippines
Frederic H. Sawyer
Such establishments could not continue to exist if rowdiness and horseplay were permitted without protest.The Daughters of a Genius
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
There was no flaunting vice, no rowdiness, no drunkenness, only the squalor of an Oriental city without its quaintness and colour.The Grandchildren of the Ghetto
- tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderlya rowdy gang of football supporters
- a person who behaves in a rough disorderly fashion
Word Origin and History for rowdiness
"a rough, quarrelsome person," 1808, American English, originally "lawless backwoodsman," probably from row (n.2). The adjective is first recorded 1819. Related: Rowdily; rowdiness.