One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object To be noisy or boisterous.
Representing the sound of the beating of a drum. Now rare.
Noise, din; uproar, disturbance; an instance of this, a row.
Boisterous; rowdy, noisy.
1960s; earliest use found in Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937), novelist. From rowdy-dow<br>late 18th century; earliest use found in Festival of Momus. Originally apparently a variant of row dow dow. In later use (especially as adjective) probably influenced by rowdy dowdy. With use as adjective compare earlier rowdy.
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