What does rugby mean?

Definitions for rugby
ˈrʌg birug·by

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rugby.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rugby, rugby football, rugger(noun)

    a form of football played with an oval ball

Wiktionary

  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.

    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.

  2. Rugby(ProperNoun)

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

    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.

Freebase

  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.

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?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say rugby in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Hiroki Narumi:

    The rugby population sank like a stone after Japan's 145-17 loss to New Zealand at the 1995 World Cup, high schools were particularly hard hit, with national competition entries dropping below 1,000 schools.

  2. Jaimie Fuller:

    If you look at rugby and the way rugby referees are treated by players, they are treated with respect, you look at a football game, and it's appalling and that is one of the areas of leadership that we see that the whole football community is not showing.

  3. Eddie Jones:

    Behind me you have the new sporting heroes of Japan, it's a great credit to this team. They are the heroes. They've changed Japanese rugby. To finish the tournament ranked ninth in the world, it's an absolutely amazing success story.

  4. World Rugby:

    Jonah's contribution to rugby cannot be overstated, he was the first superstar player and, through his sheer brilliance and love of the game, he brought much joy to the rugby family and took our sport to a new level of profile.

  5. Professor Chadwick:

    We are starting to see the emergence of rugby as a global sport, if you're a rugby player with two 'cauliflower' (damaged) ears and a broken nose, then that is an issue. But rugby is going to be opened up to new audiences and that will create commercial opportunities.

Images & Illustrations of rugby

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