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 Protesters were rowdier than usual Thursday, and their actions — including throwing rocks and punching an officer on the side of his head — weren’t in line with kapu aloha, said Honolulu Police Deputy Chief John McCarthy. BostonGlobe.com, "KAHUKU, Hawaii — Flapping Hawaiian flags adorn a large canopy on the easement of a highway that winds along Oahu’s famed North Shore.," 17 Nov. 2019 Protesters were rowdier than usual Thursday, and their actions — including throwing rocks and punching an officer on the side of his head — weren’t in line with kapu aloha, said Honolulu Police Deputy Chief John McCarthy. Washington Post, "Telescope protest inspires more Native Hawaiian activism," 16 Nov. 2019 The British prime minister’s Luxembourger counterpart mocked him for skipping a press conference because anti-Brexit protesters were too rowdy. The Economist, "Politics this week," 19 Sep. 2019 By that point, the swath of rowdy Patterson Mill supporters were drowned out by the Joppatowne contingent that had plenty to cheer for once time expired. Chris Jeter, baltimoresun.com, "Brown leads Joppatowne to upset over Patterson Mill in first round of football playoffs," 9 Nov. 2019 Doja can be both blissfully silly and meticulously rowdy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Hip-hop meme star Doja Cat gets serious, sort of, for her second act," 1 Nov. 2019 More Stories Financial motives aside, Witherspoon knew his verbose condemnation of the rowdy House Party teens was a highlight of the film. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "John Witherspoon, Black Hollywood’s Wisecracking ‘Pops’," 30 Oct. 2019 The sound of that rowdy and rumbling trio is just baked into this music. John Adamian, courant.com, "Space Ballroom hosting Mike Watt & the Missingmen," 4 Oct. 2019 At games, the fans are rowdy and have their air drums. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Global baller: Mundelein grad Sean O’Brien brings his best to Europe," 7 July 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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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rowdy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rowdyish. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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