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row·​dy ˈrau̇-dē How to pronounce rowdy (audio)
rowdier; rowdiest
: coarse or boisterous in behavior : rough
also : characterized by such behavior
rowdy local bars
rowdily adverb
rowdiness noun
rowdyish adjective


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plural rowdies
: a rowdy person : tough

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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The Chiefs’ parades — which wind through downtown Kansas City and end up with a rally at Union Station — are rowdy affairs, with the players jumping off the buses to mingle with the fans on the sidelines, signing autographs and high-fiving. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Indeed, the Jayhawks as a matter of pride would like to get another chance to defeat teams that upended the Jayhawks before loud, rowdy crowds in opposing buildings. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 16 Feb. 2024 Seats designed for touring instead of racing, as well as extra sound deadening material, also help tone down the original car’s rowdy character. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Mojo Nixon — the outlandish rocker, actor, and radio DJ best known for his rowdy psychobilly hits like 'Elvis Is Everywhere' and 'Don Henley Must Die' — died Wednesday at 66., 8 Feb. 2024 Revelers will remember a rowdy crowd and a now infamous trash fire outside on the Bowery. Olive Leatherwood, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2024 Wearing Patrick Swayze Shirt Ahead of His Road House Remake After Dalton takes on his job at the roadhouse and begins intimidating some of the bars' rowdy clients, he and its owner (Jessica Williams) are threatened by a group of men who want to take the property for themselves. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2024 That finish blew the roof off Paly’s already rowdy student section while Kitch fumed on the bench. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024 The emotional show of force brought an otherwise rowdy hearing room to a silent standstill. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024
The Horned Frogs have more talent and experience than the Buffaloes but will have to battle the heightened elevation and the rowdy, Colorado home-field advantage. Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2022 Anna Kendrick, Michelle Yeoh, and Denzel Washington all got the same rowdy yet amiable energy. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 20 July 2022 Midnight Madness screenings had previously taken place at the Ryerson Theatre, an auditorium on a local college campus and the rowdy, school’s out vibes of the screenings made sense there. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 Parents, school resource officers and other law enforcement have helped identify young partiers who broke into an $8 million Gulf Coast home to throw a large, unauthorized rowdy party. Leada Gore |, al, 28 June 2022 Ronnie Hawkins, the rowdy rockabilly singer who was instrumental in the formation of the pioneering Americana group the Band, died on Sunday. Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2022 This year’s class of 29er trail bikes can handle the same rowdy riding as longer-travel machines, albeit with slightly slower speeds and more careful line choices. Josh Patterson, Outside Online, 23 May 2020 Houstonians are not likely to receive the worst of it, but strong winds and a blitz of rowdy thunderstorms could make things interesting for commuters over the next 24 hours. Dan Carson, Chron, 29 Mar. 2022 Acton was known for getting the crowd rowdy during key moments, especially when the Cardinals were playing rivals like Memphis or Kentucky and needed the inspiration to close out the game. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History



perhaps irregular from row entry 5

First Known Use


1832, in the meaning defined above


1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rowdy was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Rowdy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
row·​dy ˈrau̇d-ē How to pronounce rowdy (audio)
rowdier; rowdiest
: rough or loud in behavior
rowdiness noun


2 of 2 noun
plural rowdies
: a rowdy person

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