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rowdy

[rou-dee]
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noun, plural row·dies.
  1. a rough, disorderly person.
adjective, row·di·er, row·di·est.
  1. rough and disorderly: rowdy behavior at school.

Origin of rowdy

1810–20, Americanism; perhaps irregular from row3
Related formsrow·di·ly, adverbrow·di·ness, nounun·row·dy, adjective

Synonyms

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2. boisterous, unruly, obstreperous.
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Examples from the Web for rowdiness

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for rowdiness

rowdy

adjective -dier or -diest
  1. tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderlya rowdy gang of football supporters
noun plural -dies
  1. a person who behaves in a rough disorderly fashion
Derived Formsrowdily, adverbrowdiness, noun

Word Origin

C19: originally US slang, perhaps related to row ³
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Word Origin and History for rowdiness

rowdy

n.

"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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