noun Slang.

a member of a crew for a traveling group of musicians or other entertainers, whose work usually includes the setting up of equipment.

Origin of roadie

1965–70; road (from the idiom on the road) + -ie; analogous to groupie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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informal a person who transports and sets up equipment for a band or group

Word Origin for roadie

C20: shortened from road manager
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Word Origin and History for roadie

"laborer employed by pop groups while on tour," 1969, from road + -ie.

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