Definition of rowdy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈraʊdi/

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.
unruly, disorderly, badly behaved, obstreperous, riotous, unrestrained, undisciplined, ill-disciplined, unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable, uncontrolled, disruptive, out of hand, out of control, rough, wild, turbulent, lawless;
boisterous, irrepressible, uproarious, rollicking, roisterous, rackety, noisy, loud, clamorous
British informal rumbustious
North American informal rambunctious
archaic rampageous

noun (plural rowdies)

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.
ruffian, troublemaker, lout, thug, hooligan, bully boy, hoodlum, brawler;
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



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.


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

Words that rhyme with rowdy

cloudy, dowdy, Gaudí, howdy, Saudi

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