• adjective sexually aroused, lecherous. A word which was formerly considered unsuitable for normal use but which, since the 1960s, has been used in the media and in ‘respectable’ conversation. (Mickey Dolenz of the pop group The Monkees heard the phrase ‘randy scouse git’ on the British TV comedy series ‘Till death us do part’ and used it as the title of a single in 1967. This was deemed too offensive for radio and in Britain the song title was changed.) Randy is of uncertain origin. It was first recorded at the end of the 18th century. Two suggested etymologies for the word are: a dialect verb meaning to behave in a wild or wanton manner, and a Hindi word meaning lustful. Of these, the first (the rarely recorded word was related to ‘rant’ and ‘random’) is the more likely.