row·​dy·​ism | \ ˈrau̇-dē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce rowdyism (audio) \

Definition of rowdyism

: rowdy character or behavior

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Recent Examples on the Web Could bowling alleys and arcades in malls pose significant problems with rowdyism? Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As anchors close, Southridge and other malls turn to less retail and more fun," 27 Jan. 2018 Roughness, rowdyism and hoodlumism will not be tolerated. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Montana’s bittersweet 49er finale, 1992," 20 Dec. 2017

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Rowdyism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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