[ rou-dee-iz-uhm ]
See synonyms for rowdyism on
  1. rough, disorderly behavior.

Origin of rowdyism

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

Words Nearby rowdyism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rowdyism in a sentence

  • The event was made the occasion of rowdyism unimpeded by any surveillance on the part of the government authorities.

    The War Upon Religion | Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • He answered with a laugh at "the thick thumb of your editorial refinement" pointed "in deprecation of my choice rowdyism."

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • There was throughout the district no rowdyism, no disorderliness.

    The Pacific Triangle | Sydney Greenbie
  • Much of the rowdyism in baseball can be attributed to this cause.

    Outdoor Sports and Games | Claude H. Miller
  • His specialty in crime and rowdyism determines the particular form and direction of his social life.

    Tramping with Tramps | Josiah Flynt

British Dictionary definitions for rowdyism


/ (ˈraʊdɪɪzəm) /

  1. rowdy behaviour or tendencies or a habitual pattern of rowdy behaviour: the problem of rowdyism at football matches

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012