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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    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. The Wolfpack:

    The excitement he will bring to the sport of rugby league in this country will be incredible, having someone of his talent join The Wolfpack will greatly raise the profile of the club, and also help move the game forward globally.

  2. Ben Foden:

    It's a new challenge, something completely different for me. I'm just really hungry to get out there and see what they've got. I honestly believe that America is the next sleeping giant in Major League Rugby, i definitely think in the next 8-12 years we'll see a powerhouse in the sport.

  3. 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.

  4. World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset:

    When I think of that amazing tournament in South Africa 20 years ago, I think of two people, off the field, I think of Nelson Mandela. On the field, I think of Jonah Lomu. Both men inspired millions around the world. Jonah Lomu will forever be a big part of rugby's story.

  5. 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.

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