[ rou-dee ]
/ ˈraʊ di /
noun, plural row·dies.
a rough, disorderly person.
adjective, row·di·er, row·di·est.
rough and disorderly: rowdy behavior at school.
Words nearby rowdy
Origin of rowdy
1810–20, Americanism; perhaps irregular from row3
OTHER WORDS FROM rowdyrow·di·ly, adverbrow·di·ness, nounun·row·dy, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rowdily
He drank a little, but rowdily, and managed to spend in a cheap tavern like the Volga as much as twenty roubles in an evening.The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories|Anton Tchekoff
British Dictionary definitions for rowdily
/ (ˈraʊdɪ) /
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 forms of rowdyrowdily, adverbrowdiness, noun
Word Origin for rowdy
C19: originally US slang, perhaps related to row ³
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