\ˈran-dē \

Definition of randy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly Scotland : having a coarse manner


plural randies

Definition of randy (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly Scotland

: a scolding or dissolute woman

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randiness noun

Examples of randy in a Sentence


She was feeling a little randy.

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Harding was the bland—but randy—Ohio Senator who became the surprise compromise candidate of a deadlocked Republican convention in the summer of 1920. Elaine Weiss, WSJ, "Presidential Hush Money, Circa 1920," 31 May 2018 At the time of Claire Hough's murder, Kevin Brown was a bachelor in his 30s and had a randy reputation at the crime lab. CBS News, "Were the murders of California teens the work of a serial killer?," 9 June 2018 This colorful bohemian family has a habit of picking up fellow travelers, including a randy professor (played by Wallace Shawn) and a pansexual guru (David La Haye). Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Messy comedy-drama 'Another Kind of Wedding' mixes irritating and charming moments," 10 May 2018 Hot nights soundtracked by the rattle of randy frogs. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "California Sounds: Five must-hear spring releases from L.A.-area artists," 21 Mar. 2018 John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Fred Armisen—through a period-dress but colloquially spoken farce about a cloister of lascivious nuns and their randy gardener. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Medieval nuns own their pleasure in The Little Hours," 13 July 2017 Courtney Hatcher is naively sweet and riotously randy as Sarah, the beautiful blind librarian with whom Melvin’s hopelessly in love. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: All hail the ‘Toxic Avenger’ in San Jose — a hero for our times," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of randy


1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1762, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for randy


probably from obsolete rand to rant

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English Language Learners Definition of randy

: sexually excited

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