? antedating ? of Rowdy?

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Jun 28 12:16:24 UTC 2010

or  mistranscription of Bawdy houses?
From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Stephen Goranson [goranson at DUKE.EDU]
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Subject: [ADS-L] ? antedating ? of Rowdy?

Maybe, perhaps, possibly, an antedating of rowdy.
OED online has rowdy, n.1 and a. from 1808 Also 9 rowdey [Of American, but otherwise quite obscure, origin.]
and rowdy n. 2  slang. ? Obs. [Of obscure origin.] from 1841

Bridewell Royal Hospital: Minutes of the Court of Governors
23rd August 1693--2nd May 1701

Mary Walker P wart. of Sr. Robt. Geffery For being idle person & a Frequenter of Rowdy Houses & For Defrauding one & Andrews of a Steal hilted Sword val 25s.


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