I'm a rowdy dowdy,

  • perpend

    Banned
    American English
    Merriam-Webster gives this example: a rowdy game of basketball

    If you search for "rowdy" on Merriam-Webster.

    So, "rowdy" can modify a thing, and in this example, a "game".
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I'm quite sure that the addition of "-dowdy" here is simply for rhythm and rhyme, nothing to do with dowdy:
    (especially of a woman) unfashionable and dull in appearance.
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I'm quite sure that the addition of "-dowdy" here is simply for rhythm and rhyme, nothing to do with dowdy:
    (especially of a woman) unfashionable and dull in appearance.
    I see it differently from Panjandrum.

    I think 'dowdy' is meant to contrast with high-hat, which means 'fancy, or snobbish'. He is rowdy and unfashionable; she is snobbish and upper class. It is one of the many ways in which this seems to be an unsuitable match, but they love each other anyway.

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    : dowdy more often describes a woman, but it doesn't always.
     

    pwmeek

    Senior Member
    English - American
    I think rowdy-dowdy is an extension of rowdy-dow (which you may look up) for rhythm/internal rhyming purposes, and has nothing to do with dowdy in any form. It just means he is a rough-and-tumble (which is also look-upable) guy.
     
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