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 rant) + -y1
Related formsrand·i·ness, noun




a male given name, form of Randall or Randolph.
a female given name.
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adjective randier or randiest

informal, mainly British
  1. sexually excited or aroused
  2. sexually eager or lustful
mainly Scot lacking any sense of propriety or restraint; reckless

noun plural randies

mainly Scot
  1. a rude or reckless person
  2. a coarse rowdy woman
Derived Formsrandily, adverbrandiness, noun

Word Origin for randy

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

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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