noun, plural rowdies.
a rough, disorderly person.
adjective, rowdier, rowdiest.
rough and disorderly: rowdy behavior at school.

1810–20, Americanism; perhaps irregular from row3

rowdily, adverb
rowdiness, noun
unrowdy, adjective

2. boisterous, unruly, obstreperous. Unabridged
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rowdy (ˈraʊdɪ)
adj , -dier, -diest
1.  tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderly: a rowdy gang of football supporters
n , -dier, -diest, -dies
2.  a person who behaves in a rough disorderly fashion
[C19: originally US slang, perhaps related to row³]

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Word Origin & History

"a rough, quarrelsome person," 1808, Amer.Eng., originally "lawless backwoodsman," probably from row (3). The adjective is first recorded 1819.
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Example sentences
He wanted a campus where people were close-knit, open to diversity, and not too
  cliquish or too rowdy.
The dining room walls inspire lively, rowdy meals with good conversation.
It's the smile of a patient schoolmarm familiar with the antics of rowdy
Inside a large thatch hut, musicians play loud, frenetic music before a crowd
  of rowdy onlookers.
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