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

Synonyms & Antonyms for rowdy

Synonyms: Adjective

boisterous, hell-raising, knockabout, rambunctious, raucous, robustious, roisterous, rollicking, rumbustious [chiefly British]

Synonyms: Noun

bully, gangbanger, gangsta, gangster, goon, gorilla, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, mobster, mug, plug-ugly, punk, roughneck, ruffian, thug, tough, toughie (also toughy), yob [British], yobbo [British]

Antonyms: Adjective

orderly

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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

For White, the top priority is expanding student section, a rowdy group that bolsters the Knights’ home-field advantage. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "As UCF football popularity surges, AD Danny White considers expanding stadium," 2 Sep. 2019 At the time, officers were often assigned to shake down beer joints near closing time to check for rowdy customers who might create disturbances. Joe Simnacher And Marc Ramirez, SFChronicle.com, "Jim Leavelle, detective in historic photo of Lee Harvey Oswald’s shooting, dies," 30 Aug. 2019 Their turn finally came; the ride operator pushed the button and shot the women 50 feet in the air, and their screams echoed across the rowdy fairground. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "Daredevils, funnel cake, bonsai: Scenes from the Alaska State Fair," 29 Aug. 2019 Community leaders also embedded themselves in the crowds during the often-rowdy Riverfront Fireworks and after dark, community leaders marched through blocks and planted themselves on street corners more prone to violence. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Mayor Luke Bronin asks state for help with city violence as latest homicide suspect faces judge," 16 July 2019 However, late additions Snoop Dogg (performing as DJ Snoopadelic) and Limp Bizkit brought back some of that old-school Weenie Roast vibe -- especially Bizkit, with a very rowdy 30 minutes that had beach towels replaced by circle mosh pits. Steve Baltin, Billboard, "Limp Bizkit, Snoop Dogg, The Lumineers, 311 & More Bring KROQ Weenie Roast to the Beach for the First Time," 10 June 2019 Race weekend’s most notoriously rowdy event returns with no signs of slowing down. Justin Jacobs, Indianapolis Star, "Jason Aldean concert, Kevin Hart show among top things to do in Indianapolis this May," 1 May 2018 Even during this almost-rowdy climax, the strings projected a graceful, shimmering clarity, and helped elevate a minor work into a minor marvel. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: Philip Glass Is Celebrated, but Not With His Best," 28 Feb. 2018 In nearby Shenandoah, city officials have received complaints about rowdy parties and leftover trash from users of short-term rentals in the city. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Covenant changes focus of Wednesday public forum in Woodlands," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, "Regional books: “This Boy’s War,” “The Dead Girl in 2A” and more," 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, "Rivalry gets a reset as Cavaliers blow it up, Warriors stand pat," 8 Feb. 2018 But unlike Freedom Caucus rowdies, Tuesday Groupies are a low-key, low-profile bunch. Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic, "Who Will Lead the Republican Moderates?," 8 Oct. 2017 The fourth position in the Eastern Conference and the accompanying right to host a USL playoff game is just seven points out of reach as the Tampa Bay Rowdies have the spot currently with 38 points. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati seeks to right ship in 1st match vs. Ottawa," 22 Aug. 2017 Rowdies owner Bill Edwards wants to rebuild Al Lang Stadium, which sits alongside the St. Petersburg harbor. Brian Straus, SI.com, "MLS expansion race began with 12, but will enough viable bids even emerge?," 23 June 2017 Jack Whitehall plays passive hero Paul Pennyfeather, a divinity student expelled from Oxford for reasons beyond his control — his clothes were removed by rowdies — and forced to find work. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "'Decline and Fall' brings the macabre (yet elegant) school yardcomedy of Evelyn Waugh to life," 15 May 2017 Appalled at how absurdly little legislative progress has been made this year—despite unified GOP control of the government—the ultra-conservative rowdies are pushing for the unthinkable: a cancellation of Congress’s summer break. Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic, "Vacation's All They Ever Wanted," 17 June 2017 Sunday Rowdies: (M) Leonard Carter 692; (W) Jamie Heintz 589. Johnny Gorches, Post-Tribune, "Post-Tribune Bowling Scores," 3 May 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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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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