road·​ie | \ ˈrō-dē \

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 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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'roadie.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of roadie

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roadie

road + -ie

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about roadie

Statistics for roadie

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for roadie

The first known use of roadie was in 1969

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for roadie



English Language Learners Definition of roadie

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

More from Merriam-Webster on roadie

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with roadie

Comments on roadie

What made you want to look up roadie? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


very full or close together

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!