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[ran-dee] /ˈræn di/
adjective, randier, randiest.
sexually aroused; lustful; lecherous.
Chiefly Scot. rude and aggressive.
noun, plural randies.
Chiefly Scot. a rude or coarse beggar.
Origin of randy
1690-1700; rand (obsolete variant of rant) + -y1
Related forms
randiness, noun


[ran-dee] /ˈræn di/
a male given name, form of Randall or Randolph.
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • "He and Brown seem to be pretty thick," was randy's comment.

    The Rover Boys at Colby Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • There is no better fun than a "randy" over the snow on a light komatik.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Well, randy, run out and find her, and tell her ter come in ter dinner.

    Randy's Summer Amy Brooks
  • “Then there is only one other thing to do,” said randy quickly.

    The Rover Boys Under Canvas Arthur M. Winfield
  • With a shotgun in his hand Andy wanted to have some fun with one of the servant girls, but randy quickly stopped him.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
British Dictionary definitions for randy


adjective randier, randiest
(informal, mainly Brit)
  1. sexually excited or aroused
  2. sexually eager or lustful
(mainly Scot) lacking any sense of propriety or restraint; reckless
noun (pl) randies
(mainly Scot)
  1. a rude or reckless person
  2. a coarse rowdy woman
Derived Forms
randily, adverb
randiness, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from obsolete rand to rant
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Word Origin and History for randy

1690s, Scottish, "aggressive, boisterous," probably from rand "to rave," an obsolete variant of rant (v.). In the original sense especially of beggars, "and probably implying vagrant habits as well as rude behavior" [OED]. Sense of "lewd, lustful" first recorded 1847. Related: Randiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for randy



  1. Sexually aroused; horny: a desperately randy brain surgeon
  2. Desirous; yearning: randy for the smell of setting cement

[1847+; origin unknown; various dialect senses suggest a possible derivation fr ''wild movement,'' ''boisterousness,'' ''wantonness'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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