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

After months of wrangling, everyone’s finally talking about how to solve the crisis on Atlantic Avenue, where the vibe has sputtered as police and firefighters crack down on rowdy crowds. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Atlantic Avenue’s overcrowding crisis has no clear solution," 15 July 2019 An off-duty police officer, in the park with his family, tried to stop a bunch of rowdy teenagers from fighting. Washington Post, "Police shooting of an Ethiopian Jew prompts a Black Lives Matter moment in Israel," 12 July 2019 During a rally after the parade, Rapinoe, who won the tournament's Golden Boot and Golden Ball, given to the top scorer and to the contest's MVP, walked out last, holding the World Cup high to rowdy applause. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "NYPD is investigating vandalizing of Megan Rapinoe posters as possible hate crime," 10 July 2019 In his first term, Hogan compared lawmakers to rowdy students on spring break who throw beer bottles off balconies. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Democrats deride Gov. Hogan's pledge of bipartisanship as he withholds money intended for Baltimore," 7 July 2019 The game will kick off at 9 p.m. Paris time, and the host team will be fired up by a rowdy home crowd. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Why You Need to Watch the USWNT vs. France," 27 June 2019 Will that lead to a bigger crowd, perhaps even a rowdier crowd? Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: IU, Purdue are actually, finally trying to win in football," 5 June 2019 There were other rowdy protests outside the Dirksen building where the meeting was taking place. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Flake's 'yes' on Kavanaugh sparks angry backlash from Democrats, activists," 28 Sep. 2018 Given these challenges, analysts have long warned that Draghi's successor may need to convince Europe's rowdy national governments to get in line on a broad plan for fiscal stimulus. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Christine Lagarde is not a central banker. She's just what Europe needs," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The president of The Edwards Group (led by Rowdies owner Bill Edwards) knows a thing or two about elections. Brian Straus, SI.com, "MLS expansion latest: Tampa Bay's vote; Beckham's new investor; a pulse for St. Louis?," 28 Apr. 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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