road·​ie | \ ˈrō-dē How to pronounce roadie (audio) \

Definition of roadie

: a person who works (as by moving heavy equipment) for traveling entertainers

Examples of roadie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Inside, which included photos of the shoot taken by a Van Halen roadie. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 7 June 2021 Like, say, mid-January in Winnipeg, in Game No. 3 of a five-city roadie, but not a sizzling night in June when another 10 wins would send the Duck Boats rolling down Tremont Street., 9 June 2021 The Reds caught Looie coming off a West Coast roadie, then benefited from Molina getting hurt on Friday. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 7 June 2021 The horse has handled moving from big race to big race by diving into the work like a rock-and-roll roadie. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 As detailed in a 2017 Rolling Stone article, Shakur worked as a roadie for the group while Jacobs and his manager shopped the group’s demo. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 23 Apr. 2021 Before taking his place at the top of the rap charts, Tupac was a roadie and backup dancer for the Underground, later appearing on two albums. Rosy Cordero,, 23 Apr. 2021 On Thursday, Mezilis—now a bona fide extraterrestrial audio engineer (a space roadie, if you like)—will be tuned in to the livestream from mission control right along with everybody else. Eric Adams, Wired, 17 Feb. 2021 Wade, Maker, Lamar Stevens and perhaps Marques Bolden could get significant playing time to finish this grueling roadie. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of roadie

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roadie

road + -ie

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25 Jun 2021

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“Roadie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of roadie

informal : a person whose job is to help move and set up the equipment of traveling musicians


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