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 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. Daniel Leo:

    We provide over 20 % of all professional rugby players in the world. We help prop up everybody's competitions, we don't have our own pathway at the moment. We don't have the audience, but we bring a huge amount of value to the party. There is no feast without the fire.

  2. Grant Robertson:

    New Zealand Rugby has been working hard on New Zealand Rugby, trying to establish what New Zealand Rugby believes is a more secure financial base for the sport, some of the details that are now emerging show the provincial unions will be getting some slice of the extra money that might be coming in, but other details are still a little bit unclear.

  3. 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.

  4. Will Greenwood:

    At the time it was a huge decision. I was a nobody in the rugby world who was going to work and trade in the City having studied economics and been someone who loved his numbers, i'd never seen rugby as a career -- it was something I did on a Tuesday and Thursday after work, and it gave my life a bit of structure.

  5. Chris Baumann:

    Wherever I go, if I want to stay there for a bit, I can just contact a rugby club in that area, and they ’ll help set you up and get you work.

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