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adjective, rand·i·er, rand·i·est.
  1. sexually aroused; lustful; lecherous.
  2. Chiefly Scot. rude and aggressive.
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noun, plural rand·ies.
  1. Chiefly Scot. a rude or coarse beggar.
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Origin of randy

1690–1700; rand (obsolete variant of rant) + -y1
Related formsrand·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for randies

Historical Examples

  • The randies are nearly, if not, of the same class; they abuse and threaten until they are supplied, when they dare with impunity.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland


British Dictionary definitions for randies


adjective randier or randiest
  1. informal, mainly British
    1. sexually excited or aroused
    2. sexually eager or lustful
  2. mainly Scot lacking any sense of propriety or restraint; reckless
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noun plural randies
  1. mainly Scot
    1. a rude or reckless person
    2. a coarse rowdy woman
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Derived Formsrandily, adverbrandiness, noun

Word Origin

C17: probably from obsolete rand to rant
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Word Origin and History for randies



1690s, Scottish, "aggressive, boisterous," probably from rand "to rave," an obsolete variant of rant (v.). In the original sense especially of beggars, "and probably implying vagrant habits as well as rude behavior" [OED]. Sense of "lewd, lustful" first recorded 1847. Related: Randiness.

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