What does rugby mean?

Definitions for rugby
ˈrʌg birug·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rugby, rugby football, rugger(noun)

    a form of football played with an oval ball


  1. rugby(Noun)

    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. Rugby(ProperNoun)

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

  3. Origin: 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.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Rugby

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

British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce rugby?

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How to say rugby in sign language?

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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. Riccardo Sironi:

    Demand from families keeps on growing, because rugby is not just a sport but a life school.

  2. Gerard Risacher:

    We're not used to seeing so many riot police vans ahead of rugby games but it’s reassuring.

  3. Erin Sinclair:

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

  4. Norihasa Yamada:

    It was so much fun and an honor to meet them, we spoke all about rugby, which is my favorite thing.

  5. Bruce Thomas:

    Rugby is certainly growing, there's no denying that it's becoming a more recognized, established sport.

Images & Illustrations of rugby

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