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[roh-dee] /ˈroʊ di/
noun, Slang.
a member of a crew for a traveling group of musicians or other entertainers, whose work usually includes the setting up of equipment.
1965-70; road (from the idiom on the road) + -ie; analogous to groupie Unabridged
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  • You'll need a roadie to do this for you, if you still want to be able to stand on stage.
  • Minimal traffic and an ideal climbing grade make this a roadie's paradise.
  • Once she began competing in national tournaments, he became her roadie.
British Dictionary definitions for roadie


(informal) a person who transports and sets up equipment for a band or group
Word Origin
C20: shortened from road manager
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Contemporary definitions for roadie
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Word Origin and History for roadie

"laborer employed by pop groups while on tour," 1969, from road + -ie.

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Slang definitions & phrases for roadie



(also roadster) A person who travels with a musical, political, theatrical, or other group to handle booking,businessarrangements,equipment,etc:Microphones tossed by Chapman land in unlikely places, one on a roadie, another in the lap of the audience (1969+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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