Definitions

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

  • adj. Lascivious; lecherous.
  • adj. Of or characterized by frank, uninhibited sexuality.
  • adj. Scots Ill-mannered.

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  • adj. Sexually aroused; full of sexual lust.
  • adj. Rude or coarse in manner, primarily Scottish in usage.
  • n. impudent beggar
  • n. boisterous, coarse, loose woman
  • n. virago
  • n. one and a half twist acrobatic maneuver

Etymologies

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

Possibly from obsolete rand, to rant, from obsolete Dutch randen, ranten.

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1690, from Scottish randy ("boisterous, aggressive"), of uncertain origin. Probably from rand ("to storm, rave", v), a variant of rant, see rant; or from rand ("edge", noun), in the sense of "edgy, on edge", from Middle English rand ("edge, brink, margin, border"), from Old English rand ("edge, border, margin, rim"). Related to randan.

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  • A common name in the states, either on its own or used as a shorter form of Randall. Prior to the Mike Myers movies, few Americans were aware of the word's slang meaning across the pond.

    December 26, 2006

  • Austin Powers uses this word to hilarious effect.

    December 6, 2006

  • December 6, 2006