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rowdy Line breaks: rowdy
Pronunciation: /ˈraʊdi/

Definition of rowdy in English:

adjective (rowdier, rowdiest)

Noisy and disorderly: it was a rowdy but good-natured crowd
More example sentences
  • Crowds of rowdy youngsters streaming into Walton from outlying towns and villages are causing a problem.
  • I could tell she was making a valiant attempt to join in the rambunctious merrymaking with the rowdy crowd.
  • When a loud, rowdy group of kids came in, I just kept my head down and ignored them.

noun (plural rowdies)

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A noisy and disorderly person: we are accused of being rowdies in the pub
More example sentences
  • All rowdies go there, and the watchman had so many skirmishes with them.
  • But they weren't drinking, they weren't rowdies, they were marvelous ladies and gentlemen that were a credit to their country and to their faith and to their parents.
  • There are several playgrounds around Bradford, built under similar arrangements, which have been removed at the request of residents after becoming the gathering place for young rowdies.
British tearaway;
Scottish & Northern English keelie, ned;
Australian larrikin
informal tough, bruiser, yahoo
British informal rough, yob, yobbo, bovver boy, lager lout, chav, hoodie
Australian/New Zealand informal roughie, lout


Early 19th century (originally US in the sense 'lawless backwoodsman'): of unknown origin.



Example sentences
  • Malostranske Pivnice, our first experience of a genuine Czech pub, is filled with locals rowdily downing drink after drink.
  • Everyone was pretty drunk, running around the town centre and yelling rowdily.
  • As an ex-bouncer, let me point out from experience that getting through a crowd like that is virtually impossible, especially when it's a drunk and rowdily cheerful crowd.


Pronunciation: /ˈraʊdɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • Various initiatives aimed at reducing city-centre crime and rowdiness, including the latest clamp-down on binge drinkers over the Christmas period, appear to be paying off.
  • The accident emergency department was expecting a busy night with incidents that staff said were usually caused by rowdiness, alcohol and drugs.
  • Drink and drugs and rowdiness are destroying the place.


Pronunciation: /ˈraʊdɪɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • At ten o'clock, despite the fact that the police were present to control any undue rowdyism, the gates were closed.
  • Fighting, rowdyism and general mayhem erupted on the quiet main street of Abbeyleix on Sunday last.
  • Late night rowdyism in the town could decrease now that local authorities have new powers to curb anti-social behaviour.

Words that rhyme with rowdy

cloudy, dowdy, Gaudí, howdy, Saudi

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