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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A boat designed to be rowed by three persons.
  • noun The method of rowing such a boat, in which the persons fore and aft use one oar each and the person amidships uses two.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A noise or uproar.
  • noun A spree: used only in the phrase on the randan (also on the randy), on a spree.
  • noun The finest part of the bran of wheat; the product of the second sifting of meal.
  • noun A boat impelled by three rowers, the one amidships using a pair of sculls, and the bowman and strokesman one oar each. Also called randan-gig.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. The product of a second sifting of meal; the finest part of the bran.
  • noun A boat propelled by three rowers with four oars, the middle rower pulling two.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Scotland Riotous or disorderly behaviour.
  • noun Scotland A rowdy celebration, a spree.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

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From a conflation of rand ("to storm, rave") and obsolete random ("impetuosity, force").

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