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 Guests are drunk and rowdy, and airing dirty laundry. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Celebrity Gossip in Late-Stage Pandemic Is Juicier Than Ever," 5 Apr. 2021 The joy of spring, hesitant at the start but rowdy and recharged by the end. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Hearing cheers pumps up Padres in comeback win over D-backs," 1 Apr. 2021 Golda Rosheuvel, who played Queen Charlotte, said in interviews that the dogs on the set were feisty and rowdy. Kim Campbell Thornton Andrews Mcmeel, Star Tribune, "'Bridgerton' may fuel popularity of Pomeranians," 22 Jan. 2021 The term, however, was created at the grassroots level through a group of passionate fans who are known for being loyal and rowdy before home games. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Buffalo Bills apply to trademark much-beloved 'Bills Mafia' fan moniker," 20 Oct. 2020 Miami Beach officials on Sunday said the city would extend curfews and closures through April 12 after a SWAT team was called in Saturday night to break up a rowdy crowd of spring breakers that had defied an 8 p.m. curfew. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, "Trump slams Biden over border 'crisis,' national triumph turned into 'national disaster'," 22 Mar. 2021 Arkansas outscored Colgate by 31 the rest of the way and a rowdy Arkansas crowd spent the rest of the afternoon hog calling. Chad Lindskog, The Indianapolis Star, "No. 3 Arkansas sinks teeth into No. 14 Colgate after being on upset alert," 19 Mar. 2021 According to some friends of the family, Armie's rowdy behavior after his breakup was similar to that of his father. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "The Armie Hammer Allegations Just Got Even Darker," 12 Mar. 2021 A day after the riots, Alaska Airlines banned 14 passengers from the airline following rowdy behavior on a flight from Washington, D.C., to Seattle. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Delta passenger hit flight attendant after mask dispute, faces $27,500 fine, FAA says," 27 Feb. 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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8 Apr 2021

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“Rowdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rowdy. Accessed 10 Apr. 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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