WORD ORIGIN adjective, rand·i·er, rand·i·est. sexually aroused; lustful; lecherous. Chiefly Scot. rude and aggressive. noun, plural rand·ies. Chiefly Scot. a rude or coarse beggar. Origin of randy 1690–1700; rand
(obsolete variant of
-y 1 Related forms rand·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for randiness adjective randier or randiest informal, mainly British sexually excited or aroused sexually eager or lustful mainly Scot lacking any sense of propriety or restraint; reckless noun plural randies mainly Scot a rude or reckless person a coarse rowdy woman Derived Forms randily, adverb randiness, noun Word Origin for randy
C17: probably from obsolete
rand to rant
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Word Origin and History for randiness adj.
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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