[ rou-dee ]
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noun,plural row·dies.
  1. a rough, disorderly person.

adjective,row·di·er, row·di·est.
  1. rough and disorderly: rowdy behavior at school.

  2. Slang. great; very enjoyable, often with boisterous fun: a rowdy time at the arcade with my best friends.

Origin of rowdy

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; perhaps from row3

Other words for rowdy

Other words from rowdy

  • row·di·ly, adverb
  • row·di·ness, noun
  • un·row·dy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rowdy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rowdy


/ (ˈraʊdɪ) /

adjective-dier or -diest
  1. tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderly: a rowdy gang of football supporters

nounplural -dies
  1. a person who behaves in a rough disorderly fashion

Origin of rowdy

C19: originally US slang, perhaps related to row ³

Derived forms of rowdy

  • rowdily, adverb
  • rowdiness, noun

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