road·​ie | \ˈrō-dē \

Definition of roadie 

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

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The lone roadie is a 73-year-old former truck driver who married the keyboard player, while the lead singer has been a member of the band since its inception in 1965, in what some consider the most revolutionary year in music history. Barry Adams,, "Wisconsin garage band going strong after more than 50 years," 18 May 2018 Compounding the issues facing the modern day roadie are the longer touring schedules that are the new reality of economics within the music industry. Isaac Weeks, Billboard, "Beware of Strangers Carrying Ice: Nashville Touring Workshop Schools Roadies On Risks For Upcoming Concert Season," 22 Jan. 2018 The Reds close out the first half with a brutal roadie, at Cubs, Cleveland and St. Louis. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds' CF Billy Hamilton is underrated as an offensive contributor," 5 July 2018 Bring a hardtail or short-travel mountain bike, a gravel bike (not a roadie), and an extra set of lungs. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "An Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Ketchum, Idaho," 11 July 2018 Sophisticated enough for the boardroom, but swaggy enough for a weekend roadie. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Backpacks for Work Will Make You Feel Like a Boss," 14 June 2018 Seasoned roadies know to soft-pedal on bike paths; meanwhile, some e-bike riders pass me during my commute going all out around 22 mph—7 mph over the speed limit. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "E-Bikes: Dorkmobiles or Saviors of the Universe?," 2 Apr. 2018 Like hollering at a roadie backstage, Snider barked at a network cameraman to fetch him a glass of water. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump's talk with video game execs recalls Senate's concern that rock was possible root of teen problems," 18 Mar. 2018 Mack was Scratch's tour roadie, helping set up and break down his turntables each night. Elahe Izadi,, "Hip-hop mourns rapper Craig Mack, dead at 46," 13 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of roadie

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

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