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See also: Rowdy


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Possibly from row (noisy argument).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹaʊdi/
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  • Rhymes: -aʊdi


rowdy (comparative rowdier, superlative rowdiest)

  1. Loud and disorderly; riotous; boisterous.


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rowdy (plural rowdies)

  1. A boisterous person; a brawler.
    • 2016, Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad, Fleet (2017), page 164:
      Carpenter recruited his gang at the saloon, rowdies all. They slept the day, drank well into the evening, and then set off for their pastime.
  2. (Victorian slang) money; ready money.
    • 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 76, in The History of Pendennis. [], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1849–1850, OCLC 2057953:
      I don’t know whether I quite approve of your throwing over Mr. P. for Mr. F., and don’t think Foker’s such a pretty name, and from your account of him he seems a muff, and not a beauty. But he has got the rowdy, which is the thing.
    • 1855, Charles Godfrey Leland, Meister Karl's Sketch-Book (Philadelphia: Parry & McMillan), ch 22, p 166:
      The blessing of the priest converts flesh into fish; the skil of the resataurateur changes pet pussies into favourite dishes; the learning of the consmetic-chemist metamorphoses age into youth; the wisdom of Solomen Isaacs transmogrifies old garments into now; the tact of the lawyer makes the worse appear the better cause; and the magic spell of the ready—otherwise know as money, cash, tin, stuff, rhino, root-of-all-evil, blunt, wherewithal, 'rowdy, funds, stumpy, pecuniary, dibs, hard, browns, heavy, mopusses, slugs, shiners, lucre, or 'the filthy,' dust, gelt, chips, lumps, chinkers, mint-drops, pewter, brass, horsenails, rocks, brads, spondulix, needful, dough, spoons, buttons, dimes, or the infallible— will convert every article and item in that old sole-leather into "duty free."



  • German: Rowdy