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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When a high school friend went to watch an Indy 500 movie with his father, the opening scenes showed a rowdy crowd at the track’s first turn. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2022 Lifted by a rowdy, towel-waving crowd in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the Cavs were in position to advance and played well in long stretches. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison asked for the crackdown on The Block, claiming that rowdy closing-time crowds outside the clubs had become a drain on police resources. Bryn Stole, baltimoresun.com, 15 Mar. 2022 Scott and the festival organizers have since faced heavy criticism for shoddy safety plans and for Scott's history of inciting rowdy crowds. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2022 The officers had been assigned to downtown Los Angeles following rowdy crowds and reported mayhem after the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI, the report said. Fox News, 15 Feb. 2022 There was Texas Tech, also in the old Southwest Conference, with its rowdy, boot-stomping West Texas fans playing in Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Bob Hill, The Courier-Journal, 7 Mar. 2022 Police initially concluded the crush was an attempt by rowdy fans to surge onto the field, according to the Taylor Interim Report, a 1989 government investigation led by Justice Peter Taylor. CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 The Volunteer fans were rowdy and obnoxious — some things never change. Bob Hill, The Courier-Journal, 7 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Despite finding success from the field later in the contest, a heartless defense effort left the Wolverines helpless down the stretch, and UCF cruised to a rowdy, NCAA tournament resume-building victory on its home court. Paul Nasr, Detroit Free Press, 31 Dec. 2021 The country music trio of Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, and Miranda Lambert put their signature rowdy spin on the holidays with this original song, the title track of the group’s debut Christmas record. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 24 Dec. 2021 But the crowding at Astroworld is in line with Scott's brand of rowdy concerts where fans can go wild, said Noah Shachtman, Rolling Stone editor-in-chief. Alisha Ebrahimji And Scottie Andrew, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 So expect a rowdy—but fun—16th hole experience once again. Todd Kelly, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2021 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, 22 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

26 May 2022

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“Rowdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rowdy. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for rowdy

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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