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

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Origin of rowdy

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

OTHER WORDS FROM rowdy

row·di·ly, adverbrow·di·ness, nounun·row·dy, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rowdy

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 forms of rowdy

rowdily, adverbrowdiness, noun

Word Origin for rowdy

C19: originally US slang, perhaps related to row ³
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