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[ran-dee] /ˈræn di/

adjective, randier, randiest.
sexually aroused; lustful; lecherous.
Chiefly Scot. rude and aggressive.
noun, plural randies.
Chiefly Scot. a rude or coarse beggar.
adjective randier, randiest
(informal, mainly Brit)

(mainly Scot) lacking any sense of propriety or restraint; reckless
noun (pl) randies
(mainly Scot)


1690s, Scottish, “aggressive, boisterous,” probably from rand “to rave,” an obsolete variant of rant (v.). In the original sense especially of beggars, “and probably implying vagrant habits as well as rude behavior” [OED]. Sense of “lewd, lustful” first recorded 1847. Related: Randiness.


[1847+; origin unknown; various dialect senses suggest a possible derivation fr ”wild movement,” ”boisterousness,” ”wantonness”]


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