rowdy

[rou-dee]
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adjective, row·di·er, row·di·est.
  1. 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

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rowdy

adjective -dier or -diest
  1. tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderlya rowdy gang of football supporters
noun plural -dies
  1. 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 rowdily

rowdy

n.

"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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