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rowdy

play
adjective, row·dy \ˈrau̇-dē\

Simple Definition of rowdy

  • : rough or noisy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rowdy

rowdierrowdiest

  1. :  coarse or boisterous in behavior :  rough; also :  characterized by such behavior <rowdy local bars>

rowdily play \ˈrau̇-dəl-ē\ adverb
rowdiness play \ˈrau̇-dē-nəs\ noun
rowdyish play \-ish\ adjective

Examples of rowdy in a sentence

  1. a rowdy game of basketball

  2. <a rowdy but good-natured group of teenagers>



Origin of rowdy

perhaps irregular from 5row


First Known Use: 1819

Rhymes with rowdy


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rowdy

noun, row·dy

Simple Definition of rowdy

  • : a person who causes trouble in a noisy way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rowdy

plural rowdies

  1. :  a rowdy person :  tough

Examples of rowdy in a sentence

  1. <rowdies had overtaken the neighborhood and were threatening people on the street>



1808

First Known Use of rowdy

1808


ROWDY Defined for Kids

1

rowdy

play
adjective row·dy \ˈrau̇-dē\

Definition of rowdy for Students

rowdierrowdiest

  1. :  rough or noisy <rowdy baseball fans>

rowdiness noun



2

rowdy

play
noun row·dy

Definition of rowdy for Students

plural rowdies

  1. :  a person who behaves coarsely or roughly





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