[rou-dee-iz-uh m]


rough, disorderly behavior.

Origin of rowdyism

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; rowdy + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rowdyism

Historical Examples of rowdyism

  • And this crowd, big as it was, 210 had as yet shown no disposition to rowdyism.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • Rowdyism is the state of being of New York roughs and loafers.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • They were quarrelsome and mischievous, and had not yet got their fill of rowdyism.

    Rose Charlitte

    Marshall Saunders

  • There was throughout the district no rowdyism, no disorderliness.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

  • This means, in turn, that rowdyism and thugism are at high-water marks.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow

    Edward Hungerford

British Dictionary definitions for rowdyism



rowdy behaviour or tendencies or a habitual pattern of rowdy behaviourthe problem of rowdyism at football matches
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