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chiefly Scotland : having a coarse manner
randiness noun


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plural randies
chiefly Scotland
: a scolding or dissolute woman

Example Sentences

Adjective She was feeling a little randy.
Recent Examples on the Web
Jane Quinn, author of the series of books that chronicles the love lives of the randy Bridgerton siblings on which the Netflix show is based, weighed in with her own statement. Alexandra Peers, CNN, 18 Aug. 2022 At best, the characters are randy with self-adulation. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2022 His admirers included such luminaries as U.S. Sen. Robert Wagner, all of whom turned a complaisant eye to the married Crater’s other life as a randy stage-door johnny with a mistress and a harem of chorus girls and Polly Adler hookers. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 20 June 2022 So, in the interest of making good on that opportunity, Morosini assembled a cast of comic performers, including Patton Oswalt as Chuck, a semi-fictional version of his father the fabulist, plus Rachel Dratch as dad’s randy girlfriend. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Mar. 2022 Lupita Nyong’o, as a randy wizard who attracts Lionel’s interest, has one very good episode, as does Henry Winkler as a sweater named Keith. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 Kotsur’s Frank is also a little randy and a little profane. Jake Coyle, ajc, 16 Feb. 2022 This paucity of pelvis-bumping has been attributed largely to the absence of Samantha, the excessively randy cougar played with aplomb by Kim Cattrall, who bowed out of the reboot due to her chilly relationship with the rest of the cast. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 23 Dec. 2021 The stakes were relatively low for Shonda Rhimes and her drama about four randy interns working in a Seattle hospital. Lynette Rice, EW.com, 15 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History



probably from obsolete rand to rant

First Known Use


1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1762, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of randy was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Randy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/randy. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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