rowdy

adjective
row·​dy | \ ˈrau̇-dē How to pronounce rowdy (audio) \
rowdier; rowdiest

Definition of rowdy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coarse or boisterous in behavior : rough also : characterized by such behavior rowdy local bars

rowdy

noun
plural rowdies

Definition of rowdy (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rowdy person : tough

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Other Words from rowdy

Adjective

rowdily \ ˈrau̇-​də-​lē How to pronounce rowdy (audio) \ adverb
rowdiness \ ˈrau̇-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce rowdy (audio) \ noun
rowdyish \ ˈrau̇-​dē-​ish How to pronounce rowdy (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for rowdy

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of rowdy in a Sentence

Adjective a rowdy game of basketball a rowdy but good-natured group of teenagers Noun rowdies had overtaken the neighborhood and were threatening people on the street
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Austin FC scored their first-ever goals at home and won their first game at home in front of a rowdy crowd. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, 1 July 2021 Pinecrest: Police used pepper spray to disperse a rowdy crowd of 800 to 1,000 juveniles outside Pinecrest shopping mall Thursday night. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 21 June 2021 Fells Point has long contended with rowdy bar crowds, underage drinking, and people urinating in the streets. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 10 June 2021 Someone invited some friends, and a second group of people that included Johnson, Banks and several other people who Patituce said were members of a gang named the Muddy Gang, showed up and got rowdy, Mussman said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 12 May 2021 Payne celebrated with the bench, the crowd got rowdy and the momentum continued into the fourth. David Brandt, ajc, 8 May 2021 But even with a win in front of a rowdy crowd, deGrom's injury scare is front and center. Justin Toscano, USA TODAY, 12 June 2021 But, Carolina lost all three home games in this series, despite having a rowdy crowd of more than 16,000 in attendance. Aaron Beard, orlandosentinel.com, 8 June 2021 The shouts of a rowdy crowd of about 3,000 spectators — the first fans allowed at a climbing World Cup event since the pandemic started — began to escalate. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bieber has spent the better part of his twenties on the same mission, trying to prove to the world that the rowdy, debauched version of him that made headlines daily in his late teens is not the real Bieber. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2021 The audience will be virtual, but the music — guaranteed — will be real and a little rowdy when Steve Poltz performs two shows today from the City Winery in the onetime-San Diego fixture’s adopted hometown of Nashville. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2020 The commission voted on the rezoning as the last agenda item in a rowdy, nearly five-hour meeting. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, 5 June 2020 The game included five yellow cards and one red card ejection, making the match rowdy. Cheryl Wray, al, 17 Oct. 2019 WASHINGTON - The rowdy, meandering and combative news conference Wednesday began with President Donald Trump marveling at the media. Author: Toluse Olorunnipa, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Oct. 2019 As one of the few Jews living in Teaneck in the early 1940s, young Saperstein is discriminated against almost daily by teachers and students, especially by members of the Black Cat Gang, a bunch of rowdies who make his life hell. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, 18 Aug. 2019 Although the Warriors chose to do nothing at the deadline, the Cavaliers were unloading players like club bouncers tossing rowdies into the street. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Feb. 2018 But unlike Freedom Caucus rowdies, Tuesday Groupies are a low-key, low-profile bunch. Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of rowdy

Adjective

1832, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rowdy

Adjective

perhaps irregular from row entry 5

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13 Jul 2021

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“Rowdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rowdy. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for rowdy

rowdy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rowdy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: rough or noisy

rowdy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rowdy (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who causes trouble in a noisy way

rowdy

adjective
row·​dy | \ ˈrau̇-dē How to pronounce rowdy (audio) \
rowdier; rowdiest

Kids Definition of rowdy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: rough or noisy rowdy baseball fans

Other Words from rowdy

rowdiness noun

rowdy

noun
plural rowdies

Kids Definition of rowdy (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who behaves coarsely or roughly

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