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 The comments during the set were rowdy and enthusiastic. Popular Science, "13,000 fans moshed at home as a metal band streamed from an empty venue," 16 Mar. 2020 The south end zone was rowdy and operated like the student section at a college game. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Five things we learned from the XFL's opening game: Trading gimmicks for innovation was wise," 9 Feb. 2020 One way to measure manufacturing’s rowdy growth is through its share of the metro area’s gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services made here. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Jefferson: Manufacturing is having its day in S.A.," 14 Feb. 2020 San Francisco police will be stationed in every neighborhood across the city, Chief William Scott said, with extra officers sent to districts where post-game celebrations have turned rowdy, destructive or violent in the past. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Super Bowl: San Francisco police, fire brace for fallout from 49ers-Chiefs clash," 31 Jan. 2020 The mood was rowdy even before The Chainsmokers took the stage, thanks to lively beats from the Virgin Voyages drum line. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The Chainsmokers Packed an Arena-Sized Spectacle Into Miami's Fillmore Theater For Rare Intimate Set," 30 Jan. 2020 On the show, Chinn’s impish character raises a ruckus in Atlantic City with her rowdy friend group of older Chinese women; plays violent video games with reckless abandon; and even gets her own epic backstory in the form of a cheesy K-drama. Time, "Lori Tan Chinn Is a Scene-Stealer in Awkwafina’s New Series. But the Role Comes After Decades of Harassment and Discrimination," 24 Jan. 2020 And when a rowdy group of Toronto fans cheered Durant’s disheartening exit from Game 5, Lowry was at the forefront of players telling those people to shut the hell up. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "To win, Raptors had to stop Stephen Curry — and they did in the end," 13 June 2019 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 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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Time Traveler for rowdy

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The first known use of rowdy was in 1832

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30 Mar 2020

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“Rowdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rowdy. Accessed 9 Apr. 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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