One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘gangs of rowdy youths’
unruly, disorderly, badly behaved, obstreperous, riotous, unrestrained, undisciplined, ill-disciplined, unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable, uncontrolled, disruptive, out of hand, out of control, rough, wild, turbulent, lawless
boisterous, irrepressible, uproarious, rollicking, roisterous, rackety, noisy, loud, clamorous
British informal rumbustious
North American informal rambunctious
peaceful, quiet, restrained
1‘the pub was filling up with rowdies’
ruffian, troublemaker, lout, thug, hooligan, bully boy, hoodlum, brawler
Northern English Scottish keelie, ned
informal tough, bruiser, yahoo
British informal rough, yob, yobbo, bovver boy, lager lout, chav, hoodie
NZ Australian informal roughie, lout
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