road·​ie ˈrō-dē How to pronounce roadie (audio)
: a person who works (as by moving heavy equipment) for traveling entertainers

Examples of roadie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 49ers’ only back-to-back roadies are in Weeks 2-3 (at Minnesota, at the L.A. Rams), and in Weeks 12-13 (at Green Bay, at Buffalo). Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 16 May 2024 Musicians and their roadies load in via the ramps uphill from the Trading Post — the same hill that spectators from the lower South lots pass by on their way to the venue. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, 16 May 2024 When a roadie handed him a pink Hello Kitty guitar for one song, he wasn’t thrown at all by the prank. Courtney Devores, Charlotte Observer, 15 May 2024 Stinkin’ Fish are in Oakland again today in midst of a six-game Western roadie in a season on the rails to hell. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 5 May 2024 Reddix just happened to become a roadie for Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Katie Wiseman, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Apr. 2024 The superstar revealed a miscommunication between he and the band's 'roadie' inspired the title of the band's eighth studio album Paul McCartney shares how the title of one album came from a miscommunication with the band’s roadie. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 According to Vice, Worthington began working with Snoop as a roadie, then went on to helm various ventures, such as Snoop Dogg Skateboards, before becoming his tour manager. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 When Kowalski's film crew was accosted by the Pistols' roadies at a show in Atlanta, GA., Forcade's chauffeur pulled out a gun. Clark Collis,, 29 Aug. 2023

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Word History


road + -ie

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roadie was in 1969

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Cite this Entry

“Roadie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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