rowdy

adjective
row·dy | \ˈrau̇-dē \
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 \ adverb
rowdiness \ˈrau̇-dē-nəs \ noun
rowdyish \ˈrau̇-dē-ish \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for rowdy

Synonyms: Adjective

boisterous, knockabout, rambunctious, raucous, rollicking

Synonyms: Noun

gangster, goon, gorilla, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, mobster, punk, roughneck, ruffian, tough

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

Photos by Kara Fox Video by Hazel Pfeifer, Ignacio Osorio and Anita Gill (CNN)Julie O'Donnell was 29 weeks pregnant, on a flight from Dublin to Liverpool that was packed with rowdy holidaymakers, tears streaming down her face. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "'Irish abortions happen; they just don't happen on Irish soil'," 22 May 2018 From the Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street intersection, passers-by can glimpse an often rowdy and enthusiastic crowd singing through its many French doors. Josh Ocampo, New York Times, "At the Duplex, Nightlife Is a Cabaret," 3 May 2018 In Clapham Junction, an area of south London, a particularly rowdy fan led crowds in chants before leaping onto (and falling through) the roof of a bus stop. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "England’s Unfamiliar Emotion: Hope," 10 July 2018 Now a rowdy and precocious seven-year-old, Ahmed moves like a blur, kicking his new soccer ball in the kitchen, down the hallway. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Into dark cycle of Mideast revenge, this group tries to bring light," 28 June 2018 Russian police have cracked down since, rounding up rowdy fans and warning local hooligans that there will be no tolerance for disturbances. The Economist, "Russia prepares to welcome 1m visitors for the World Cup," 13 June 2018 But its lasting impact didn't come from salacious detail about rowdy parties or tips on when to eat fish. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Remembering Anthony Bourdain," 8 June 2018 As the lights dimmed, about 2,000 rowdy fans, mostly women in their 20s and 30s, howled at a decibel suited to a Beyoncé set at Coachella. Alex Hawgood, New York Times, "Grisly Murders and Serial Killers? Ooh, Tell Me More," 19 May 2018 Americans have an international reputation for being rowdy and over imbibing, especially while visiting all-inclusive resorts, but the cases investigated by the Journal Sentinel reveal something else at play. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mother's nightmare at Mexico resort: 'There is more to this deeper darker story than we know'," 21 Feb. 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 \
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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