[ rou-dee-ish ]

  1. like or characteristic of a rowdy.

  2. disposed to or characterized by rowdyism.

Origin of rowdyish

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; rowdy + -ish1

Other words from rowdyish

  • row·dy·ish·ly, adverb
  • row·dy·ish·ness, noun

Words Nearby rowdyish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use rowdyish in a sentence

  • All the children of the neighborhood, except the most rowdyish, flocked to Morgan Chapel at least once a week.

    The Promised Land | Mary Antin
  • He wanted to see the boy who had left the office with the man "well-dressed, rowdyish, foppish."

    Make or Break | Oliver Optic
  • Don't be rowdyish, or get the reputation of being a drunken fellow.

    The College Freshman's Don't Book | George Fullerton Evans
  • They had no idea that the crowd about the pavilion was rowdyish.

  • Her manner was studiedly rowdyish, her speech marred by slang; she loved only a few persons in the world besides herself.

    The Heart of Rachael | Kathleen Norris