Definitions for riotousˈraɪ ə təs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ri•ot•ousˈraɪ ə təs(adj.)

  1. (of an act) characterized by or of the nature of rioting or a disturbance of the peace.

  2. (of a person) inciting or taking part in a riot.

  3. given to or marked by unrestrained revelry; loose; wanton:

    riotous living.

  4. boisterous or uproarious:

    riotous laughter.

  5. hilariously funny.

Origin of riotous:

1300–50; ME < OF rïoto(u)s, rioteux; see riot , -ous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. exuberant, lush, luxuriant, profuse, riotous(adj)

    produced or growing in extreme abundance

    "their riotous blooming"

  2. disruptive, riotous, troubled, tumultuous, turbulent(adj)

    characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination

    "effects of the struggle will be violent and disruptive"; "riotous times"; "these troubled areas"; "the tumultuous years of his administration"; "a turbulent and unruly childhood"

  3. debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous, fast(adj)

    unrestrained by convention or morality

    "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"


  1. riotous(Adjective)

    having the characteristics of a riot

  2. riotous(Adjective)

    causing, inciting or taking part in a riot

  3. riotous(Adjective)

    unrestrained and boisterous; degenerate or dissolute

  4. Origin: From riot + -ous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Riotous(adj)

    involving, or engaging in, riot; wanton; unrestrained; luxurious

  2. Riotous(adj)

    partaking of the nature of an unlawful assembly or its acts; seditious

Translations for riotous

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starting, or likely to start, a riot

a riotous crowd.

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