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

There is a great happy hour scene, but things really start to pick up after dinner time—and the crowd stays rowdy well into the night. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "The Right Way To Ski Mount Buller, Australia’s Winter Playground," 10 Dec. 2018 Unfortunately, the rowdy-yet-charming bunch never picked up any nominations for the Starz program. Chelsea Hassler, Vogue, "The Most Outrageous Snubs in Emmy History," 17 Sep. 2018 The players get rowdier and rowdier until a champion is crowned. Rich Mayor, chicagotribune.com, "Pioneer Press baseball preview: West Suburban Silver," 15 Mar. 2018 Reddit, home to anonymous superfan communities dedicated to videogames, politics, TV shows and wildly diverse hobbies, has gained a reputation as a rowdy platform where the quirky and unpopular are welcome. Shan Li, WSJ, "Latest Funding Values Reddit at $3 Billion," 11 Feb. 2019 The debate played out in front of a large and sometimes rowdy crowd. Luke Money, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa becomes O.C.’s latest city to oppose California’s ‘sanctuary state’ law," 2 May 2018 XXXTentacion’s concerts were known to get a bit rowdy. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "A Timeline of XXXTentacion's Career, From Soundcloud Rapper to Hip-Hop Sensation," 19 June 2018 Kids, drunk and rowdy, line their stomachs with the cheap and tasty: basmati rice, dal, saag (which, bless them, tastes like it was made with just as much garlic as spinach). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Lastly, for sanity, a pair of sizable, pillowy leather noise-canceling headphones work wonders when faced with rowdy holiday crowds. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "19 Vogue Editors Share Their Ideal Holiday Travel Outfit," 15 Nov. 2018

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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