- rough, disorderly playing, especially indoors.
- to engage in rough, disorderly play.
- to handle roughly but with playful intent: to roughhouse the cat.
Origin of roughhouse
Related Words for rough-housecontend, grapple, compete, tangle, wrestle, scuffle, buck, shuffle, romp, contest, brawl, scrap, smack, hassle, battle, slug, row, rough-house, box, fight
Examples from the Web for rough-house
Historical Examples of rough-house
By this we mean what can in nowise be so clearly defined as by "rough-house."The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Nana insisted it was a bruise that Leonie had given her when they were having a bit of a rough-house.L'Assommoir
"Nice work, Chief--it must be a gift to rough-house the way you do," Bradley exclaimed.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
In about two seconds there was the biggest kind of a rough-house.Owen Clancy's Happy Trail
Burt L. Standish
My father had saved his life one rough-house night in Valparaiso.A Son Of The Sun
- rough, disorderly, or noisy behaviour
- to treat (someone) in a boisterous or rough way