• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rowdy disturbing the public peace; loud and rough "a raucous party","rowdy teenagers"
    • n rowdy a cruel and brutal fellow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rowdy One who engages in rows, or noisy quarrels; a ruffianly fellow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rowdy A riotous, turbulent fellow; a person given to quarreling and fighting; a rough.
    • rowdy Having the characteristics of a rowdy; given to rowdyism; rough; coarse-grained; disreputable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rowdy noisy and turbulent, given to quarrelling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Rout, or Row a brawl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Put for rouse (q.v.).


In literature:

Once Thompson went to the worst place in Texas, the town of Luling, where Rowdy Joe was running the toughest dance house in America.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
There were, of course, the usual rowdies at Majorca as at other rushes.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Jim stays in town, and has his annual rowdy-dowdy week.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Instead of that, he became a rowdy and a rioter, spending his days and his nights in evil company and in dissipation.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
The rowdies of Olney in Bucks.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
The young major could not get his mind away from a certain rowdy of Barcreek who rejoiced in the name of Gaffy Denny.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
How rowdy those young people are!
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Nothing rowdy about him.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
They most undoubtedly were, as Forbes had said, as rowdy-looking a set of ruffians as one would care to meet.
"The Cruise of the "Esmeralda"" by Harry Collingwood
It's a point I've wondered about, though Marple and his rather rowdy friends are prosperous.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

On the steps of the Olsany taverns
I used to crouch at night to hear
the coffin-bearers and grave-diggers
singing their rowdy songs.
"The Plague Colemn" by Jaroslav Seifert
All the lads on the station are handy enough,
Nor are frightened of grafting too hard,
But Mick, if the cattle are rowdy and rough,
Is the pick of 'em all in a yard.
"Brigalow Mick" by Harry Breaker Morant
“As they their beef and damper ate
And swilled their pints of tea
A bully notion all at wonst
Dawned on that rowdy three.
And Dublin Pat, in frantic mirth,
Said, ‘Now we’ll have a spree!’
"The Sleeping Beauty" by Henry Lawson
"Oh, Roll A Rock Down!" picks and shovels was clangin',
And Rowdy a-steppin' that careful and light,
When the edge it gave way and McCabe was left hangin'
Clean over the rim--with no bottom in sight.
"Roll A Rock Down" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
We harp to these words; strong drink drives the knife
To the heart of a friend, and deprives him of life;
It turns sober boys into rowdies and knaves—
It steals from the household to fill up the graves.
"The Same Old Strain" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The stockmen of Australia, what rowdy boys are they,
They will curse and swear a hurricane if you come in their way.
They dash along the forest on black, bay, brown, or grey,
And the stockmen of Australia, hard-riding boys are they.
"The Stockmen of Australia" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

There was an arrest made at the Jersey Shore house over the weekend, but it wasn't for anyone in the rowdy cast, believe it or not.
It wasn't a very rowdy election cycle.
CINCINNATI, Ohio — President Obama was interrupted by a rowdy heckler just minutes into his rally in this critical battleground state tonight.
Country- punk songstress Lydia Loveless vows to bring rowdy show to Uncle Slayton's.
Following years of arrests and citations for rowdy and/or drunken behavior, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has decided to cap Fourth of July partiers at North Beach in McCall at 1,000.
A rendezvous enthusiast fires a rifle during last year's event in the Rowdy Creek area in Smith River.
6 seed with a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies, snapping their eight-game unbeaten streak.
Rowdy Friends Mike Stobe, Getty Images.
The rowdy off-campus party at Bucknell University early Saturday morning may turn out to be a one-man riot.
Kyle Busch's Rowdy Edition Camry Busch's " Rowdy Edition" Camry was built with a road racing theme by Detroit Speed in North Carolina.
Be Part of Rudy's Rowdy Ruff Rider Crew.
LAPD Fires Less-Lethal Rounds at Rowdy Kings Fans.
Team Rowdy 's Felix Perez fires to first base after a force out at second base on Saturday during the Greenville Classic Men's Softball Tournament.
NFL Cracks Down on Rowdy Fans.
Best Corner for Rowdy Latino Seafood.