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 Great crowd tonight, and the Razorbacks are giving them reason to be rowdy. Scottie Bordelon, Arkansas Online, "Follow live: No. 6 Alabama at No. 20 Arkansas," 25 Feb. 2021 In recent weeks, videos of rowdy, mostly maskless crowds sparked a furor on social media and at City Hall. New York Times, "Can New Orleans Celebrate Mardi Gras Without Reckless Abandon?," 14 Feb. 2021 The food at this Chinatown institution, a favorite among local chefs, arguably tastes best late at night with a group of rowdy friends. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "100 top restaurants for takeout in Boston and beyond," 11 Feb. 2021 Of course organizations miss the thrill of competition in front of a rowdy crowd. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "North Texas esports showed its staying power during a challenging 2020. Can 2021 be even bigger?," 3 Feb. 2021 They were recently taken to meet an army general, who offered them money to wear T-shirts of the ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), and fight rowdy opposition supporters in the streets. The Economist, "Uganda’s violent election has exposed divisions of age and class," 16 Jan. 2021 Typically a frenetic mash of tailgating, merchandise hawkers, rowdy pregame entertainment and long lines at every entrance point, the vibe leading into kickoff more closely resembled a random midseason game than the biggest stage in the sport. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Surreal scene at Hard Rock Stadium grim reminder of difficult college football season," 11 Jan. 2021 Nobody is denying the appeal of a rowdy atmosphere. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Mike Finger: In NBA circus, fan interaction can wait," 2 Feb. 2021 Major indexes opened lower on Wall Street Friday, while shares of GameStop, AMC and several other stocks being targeted by a rowdy community of amateur investors soared again in more volatile trading. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, "Capitol Police bolstering travel security for lawmakers," 29 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Rowdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rowdy. Accessed 3 Mar. 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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