Definition of rowdy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈraʊdi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈraʊdi//
(rowdier, rowdiest)
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(of people) making a lot of noise or likely to cause trouble synonym disorderly a rowdy crowd at the pub Word Originearly 19th cent. (originally US in the sense ‘lawless backwoodsman’): of unknown origin.Extra examples She was teaching a class of rowdy twelve-year-olds. Some lads were getting a bit rowdy. The meeting had been quite rowdy.

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