Main definitions of rodney in English

: rodney1Rodney2

rodney1

(also rondey, rodny)

noun

  • 1English regional (Yorkshire and west midlands) and Welsh English (southern). An idler, a loafer; a vagrant; a disreputable person. Chiefly derogatory.

  • 2Canadian (originally and chiefly Newfoundland). A small fishing boat, typically round-bottomed with a square stern; a small punt. Now chiefly historical.

adjective

  • (attributive). English regional (chiefly west midlands and Gloucs.). Rough, disreputable; idle. Chiefly derogatory. Now rare.

Origin

Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). Origin unknown. The semantic relationship between the various senses is unclear; sense A. 3 may perhaps represent an extended use of sense A. 2, or may show a different word.

Pronunciation

rodney

/ˈrɒdni/

Main definitions of rodney in English

: rodney1Rodney2

Rodney2

noun

  • Chiefly attributive A type of decanter designed with a wide base for use on board a ship.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Hunt's Merchants' Magazine. From the name of George Bridges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, British admiral.

Pronunciation

Rodney

/ˈrɒdni/