Definition of "roughhouse" [roughhouse]

  • Rowdy, uproarious behavior or play. (noun)
  • To engage in rowdy, uproarious behavior or play. (verb-intransitive)
  • To handle or treat roughly, usually in fun. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "roughhouse" in a sentence
  • "They see it every day on the playground::: The girls are kind, considerate and thoughtful while the boys are engaging in roughhouse and intentionally hurting each other."
  • "I address the boys, tell them to NOT engage their sisters in roughhouse play."
  • "Farina regularly employed "roughhouse" driving tactics that would not be tolerated today, and was without doubt one of the hardest men ever to front an F1 starter."