- a rough, disorderly person.
- rough and disorderly: rowdy behavior at school.
Origin of rowdy
1810–20, Americanism; perhaps irregular from row3
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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
- tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderlya rowdy gang of football supporters
- a person who behaves in a rough disorderly fashion
C19: originally US slang, perhaps related to row ³
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Word Origin and History for rowdily
"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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