noun, plural row·dies.

a rough, disorderly person.

adjective, row·di·er, row·di·est.

rough and disorderly: rowdy behavior at school.

Origin of rowdy

1810–20, Americanism; perhaps irregular from row3
Related formsrow·di·ly, adverbrow·di·ness, nounun·row·dy, adjective

Synonyms for rowdy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rowdier

Contemporary Examples of rowdier

Historical Examples of rowdier

  • In Walter Savage Landor, authority recognised a noisier and rowdier specimen of the same class.


    Andrew Lang

  • There was still a noisy crowd at the gates of the town, and we were being followed out by some of the rowdier members.

  • Some of the rowdier spirits now sought out the proprietor, hoping to duck him in one of his own ponds.

British Dictionary definitions for rowdier


adjective -dier or -diest

tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderlya rowdy gang of football supporters

noun plural -dies

a person who behaves in a rough disorderly fashion
Derived Formsrowdily, adverbrowdiness, noun

Word Origin for rowdy

C19: originally US slang, perhaps related to row ³
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Word Origin and History for rowdier



"a rough, quarrelsome person," 1808, American English, originally "lawless backwoodsman," probably from row (n.2). The adjective is first recorded 1819. Related: Rowdily; rowdiness.

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