rowdy

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. row over,
  2. row vector,
  3. row-house,
  4. rowan,
  5. rowboat,
  6. rowdyish,
  7. rowdyism,
  8. rowe,
  9. rowe, nicholas,
  10. rowel

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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British Dictionary definitions for rowdily

rowdy

/ (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 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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