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

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 Only the guys who were bouncing up and down, cheerfully running around that locker room know the true reasons behind the rowdy celebration. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers show support for John Beilein with feel-good win: ‘We’re behind him 100 percent'," 10 Jan. 2020 And among Mr Trump’s often rowdy fans, their belligerent, anti-establishment music may strike a chord. The Economist, "Why Obama-Trump swing voters like heavy metal," 16 Nov. 2019 Keeping your dignity intact really isn’t part of the plan at Big One on the Blvd, a rowdy party that helps to kick off race weekend at the track twice per year. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Slop Fest, Dirty Girl Deluxe Wash on tap for Big One on the Blvd at Talladega," 29 Jan. 2020 Tuesday got a little rowdy for the famous pop trio, as the three brothers, Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas, joined Seth Meyers in a new segment of Day Drinking for Late Night. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "The Jonas Brothers Went Day Drinking with Seth Meyers and Wrote a Hilarious New Song in 5 Minutes," 22 Jan. 2020 In scenes that have become all too familiar to Parisians, demonstrators set fire to a kiosk near the Bastille square in the center of the French capital as a minority of demonstrators in the march got rowdy.. Washington Post, "French PM open to scrapping raising retirement age to 64," 11 Jan. 2020 Todos Santos, a small Mexican town on Baja California’s Pacific coast about 50 miles north of Los Cabos, is the destination for people who don’t plan to haul in marlin or get rowdy in Cabo San Lucas or San José del Cabo. Dallas News, "Spectacular scenery and a small-town vibe make Todos Santos a calming Mexico getaway," 6 Jan. 2020 The Tar Heels, playing in front of a rowdy home crowd, didn’t feel like huge underdogs by the end. Los Angeles Times, "Going for two and the win sounds good, but maybe not this time for Mack Brown," 28 Sep. 2019 Just before Wolf came on, the teen heard some folks in back partying and getting rowdy. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Bumbershoot attendees describe lying in crush of people after barricade collapse," 2 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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The first known use of rowdy was in 1832

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rowdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rowdy. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for rowdy

rowdy

adjective
How to pronounce rowdy (audio)

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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