What does Rugby mean?

Definitions for Rugby
ˈrʌg birug·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rugby, rugby football, ruggernoun

    a form of football played with an oval ball


  1. rugbynoun

    A sport where players can hold or kick an ovoid ball. The ball cannot be handled forwards and points are scored by touching the ball to the ground in the area past their opponent's territory or kicking the ball between goalposts and over a crossbar.

    The scrum is a distinctive element of rugby.

  2. Rugbynoun

    A town in Warwickshire, where the sport of rugby is thought to have originated

  3. Etymology: 1823: Named after Rugby School in Warwickshire where William Webb Ellis ‘with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the rugby game’. From the plaque at the school.


  1. rugby

    Rugby is a team sport that originated in England, characterized by running with an oval ball in hand which is often kicked, carried, or passed from hand to hand. Points are scored by grounding the ball behind the opponents' goal line, or by kicking it between goalposts and over a crossbar. It consists of two types - Rugby Union and Rugby League, each with its distinct rules and regulations. It is played by both men and women, with teams typically composed of 15 players (in Rugby Union) or 13 players (in Rugby League).


  1. Rugby

    Rugby is a market town in Warwickshire, England, located on the River Avon. The town has a population of 61,988 making it the second largest town in the county. The enclosing Borough of Rugby has a population of 91,600. Rugby is 13 miles east of Coventry, on the eastern edge of Warwickshire, near the borders with Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. The town is credited with being the birthplace of rugby football.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rugby

    rug′bi, n. the game of football according to the rules of the Rugby Football Union (1871), the sides numbering 15 each, played on ground 110 by 75 yards.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Rugby

    a town in Warwickshire, at the junction of the Swift and the Avon, 83 m. NW. of London; an important railway centre and seat of a famous public school founded in 1567, of which Dr. Arnold (q. v.), and Archbishops Tait and Temple were famous head-masters, is one of the first public schools in England, and scholars number about 450.

Editors Contribution

  1. rugby

    A type of sport.

    Rugby is a popular sport and played all over the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 6, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Rugby

    A corruption of the Saxon Rothby, “red village,” in allusion to its soil.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Rugby' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3488

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Rugby' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3243

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Rugby' in Nouns Frequency: #1438

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rugby in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rugby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Rugby in a Sentence

  1. Crusaders Chief Executive Hamish Riach:

    This will be an amazing opportunity for some of our local players to be involved in such a unique event, there is a real appetite for rugby in the United States at the moment, so I am sure that the game will be well supported.

  2. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe:

    We have put a massive amount of detail into the breakdown, last year, we got the highest percentage of quick ball. Everyone talks that in international rugby, you have to have rucks cleared between 0 and 3 seconds. We managed to get a lot of it last year. For us, it's very important.

  3. Mike Friday:

    The big thing in America is, if you can't be an NFL player, an NBA play or a baseball player, (but) you can be an Olympian, then that's the next best thing, the Olympics captures the imagination of the sporting public in America. If rugby can position itself and we can do well as an Olympic sport, then all of a sudden it will hit the eyes of so many more Americans.

  4. Erin Sinclair:

    Rugby players are used to performing under pressure ; we're very driven, all athletes are driven.

  5. Scott Wight:

    I really enjoyed the whole experience. It was so humbling learning about what the country has been through with the genocide to where it is now, but most importantly the thing I enjoyed most was the attitude and desire of all the kids in showing me the willingness to learn and get individually better at rugby.

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