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

Definition of roadie

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

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Manson spent time with another serious music-industry player, Phil Kaufman, who did time with Manson in prison, then managed Gram Parsons and worked as a roadie for the Rolling Stones, Emmylou Harris, Frank Zappa, and others. Jim Derogatis, The New Yorker, "Charles Manson’s Musical Ambitions," 14 Aug. 2019 Saints must also play in Atlanta on Thanksgiving before concluding regular season with roadies in Nashville and Charlotte. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL record projections: Can Chargers prevent a Patriots run to Super Bowl LIV?," 22 July 2019 This old Metallica roadie isn’t searching for a rock star on stage. Andrew Nicla,, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 2019 The 2017 Touring Career Workshop, an annual conference co-founded by Chris Lisle that was held three weeks after the tragedy, added a last-minute session on roadie first aid that included a lesson on how to slow a gunshot wound’s bleeding. Camille Dodero, Billboard, "Nashville's Tight-Knit Music Community Is Still Feeling the Aftershocks of the Route 91 Massacre," 12 Apr. 2018 And by the way, Wichita State has lost exactly eight roadies in the last five years. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: University of Cincinnati Bearcats are not bad, but not good enough," 18 Feb. 2018 The Night Sweats sounded tight and dialed in despite some technical problems that caused Rateliff to shout out the roadie who worked diligently throughout the show to fix them. Gary Graff, Billboard, "SXSW Kicks Into Music Mode With Sets From Nathaniel Rateliff, Lukas Nelson & More," 14 Mar. 2018 Let the roadies don their spandex and perch on their 700c wheels; the common man will e-bike home from work, slugging a tall boy and pulling wheelies off the curb. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A Weekend With a $16,000 Mountain Bike," 8 Mar. 2017 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

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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

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

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