rorty

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown

Adjective[edit]

rorty (comparative rortier, superlative rortiest)

  1. Boisterous, rowdy, saucy, dissipated, or risqué.
    • 1898, Robert Smythe Hichens, , page 280:
      "Tell us a good story, Rodney — one of your rorty ones." / Mr. Rodney shrivelled. / "I fear," he murmured — "I fear I am scarcely in the — er — rorty vein to-night."
    • 1972, Private eye, number 263-288: 
      Unsuitable for family motorists. Only Custom Car gives you the real dirt on the fastest, the loudest, the rortiest, ....
    • 1996 August 3, “From ragtops to riches Compact SLK doesn't leave out...”, Toronto Star:
      If it isn't ultimately as keen-edged and involving as some of its rortier forebears, the SLK makes a great deal more sense for the '90s.
    • 2006, Stella Gibbons; Lynne Truss, Cold Comfort Farm:
      But compared with the heavy, muffling darkness of the night in which the countryside was sunk, the lights looked positively rorty
    • 2007 May 31, “Lotus 2-Eleven - Road Test First Drive”, Autocar: 
      Any speed any gear it doesn't matter. The 2Eleven's got an enormous powerband huge performance and the rortiest exhaust I've heard in an Elise-based car