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 Once play started, the atmosphere was quieter and less rowdy than a typical Thorns match due to the reduced crowd size. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "After ‘long, wild’ year away, fans return to professional sports in Portland," 10 Apr. 2021 While Cochise County’s rowdy past leads visitors to expect swinging-door saloons, this is also the heart of Arizona’s burgeoning wine industry. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Road trip inspiration: Here are 7 things you don't want to miss in southern Arizona," 7 Apr. 2021 Police gave special attention to the club for weeks after several people complained about the club’s large, rowdy crowds, gunfire and people milling about with guns. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man charged in shootout at Cleveland afterhours club that injured 7," 1 Apr. 2021 Veronica Viper, a 42-year-old performer and fourth-generation resident of the Lower East Side, used to put on raunchy displays for rowdy crowds. New York Times, "What Is Life Without Burlesque?," 25 Mar. 2021 Was the experience as satisfying as standing on the curb with an Andygator in hand, watching the loud, rowdy, rude, parade pass by with a few thousand other KdV fans? Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Did you do the nutty, naughty Krewe du Vieux stationary Mardi Gras 'parade' tour?," 31 Jan. 2021 The song comes ahead of the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards, where Brothers Osborne are nominated for Duo of the Year and Album of the Year for their rowdy third album Skeletons. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Brothers Osborne Release ‘Younger Me,’ Inspired by T.J.’s Coming Out," 16 Apr. 2021 The rowdy singer’s been in hot water since Feb. 2, when TMZ posted a video of him stumbling around outside his house, yelling with friends, tossing F-bombs and using the N-word. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Morgan Wallen: ‘I won’t be playing festivals or Luke Bryan tour dates’," 15 Apr. 2021 At one point, when the Hornets cut the lead to five and the rowdy crowd started anticipating a comeback, Cleveland fed Love in the post on back-to-back possessions. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers, nearly full strength for the first time all season, beat Charlotte Hornets 103-90," 15 Apr. 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, "Justin Bieber’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Samples Don’t Offer the ‘Justice’ He Seeks," 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, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: For Steve Poltz, positivity is the only option," 19 Nov. 2020 The commission voted on the rezoning as the last agenda item in a rowdy, nearly five-hour meeting. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "After a rowdy 5-hour meeting, Glendale recommends approving a rezoning request that could lead to a Love's truck stop," 5 June 2020 The game included five yellow cards and one red card ejection, making the match rowdy. Cheryl Wray, al, "Legion FC keeps playoff dream alive, beats New York at home," 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, "Analysis: Trump rides roller coaster of grievance and braggadocio as Finland’s leader looks on," 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, "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

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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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2 May 2021

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“Rowdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rowdy. Accessed 12 May. 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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