Main definitions of rugby in English

: rugby1Rugby2

rugby1

(also rugby football)

noun

mass noun
  • A team game played with an oval ball that may be kicked, carried, and passed from hand to hand. Points are scored by grounding the ball behind the opponents' goal line (thereby scoring a try) or by kicking it between the two posts and over the crossbar of the opponents' goal.

    • ‘Football is kicking rugby off the top spot at some of the region's leading public schools.’
    • ‘In perfect conditions for rugby football, the team was playing with pace and precision, looking to move the ball at every opportunity.’
    • ‘I still love playing rugby and tennis and I have no problem getting about the pitch or the court.’
    • ‘Competition between the constituent nations of the United Kingdom got under way almost as soon as the sports of association and rugby football had their rules agreed.’
    • ‘You can give them all the money in the world, they won't improve their standard of rugby football unless they get better competition.’
    • ‘He was a school monitor, head of Clifton Rise house and played for the first team at both rugby and hockey.’
    • ‘Open rugby was impossible in strong winds, as the ball was constantly blown off course.’
    • ‘They're really getting behind the team and seem to be genuinely enjoying their rugby.’
    • ‘What pleases me is that they are playing great rugby football, and the whole team are smiling a lot.’
    • ‘Both sides play a similar open style of rugby which should produce a fine spectacle.’
    • ‘In rugby, the ratio of the hand pass to the kick is much lower than in Gaelic football.’
    • ‘We see how excited people get when England start winning at cricket, football or rugby.’
    • ‘As a teacher Andy worked at the City of London School, where he coached cricket and rugby.’
    • ‘The laws of a game like rugby football differ from norms of conduct enforced by the courts.’
    • ‘Keen frosts had slowly given way to warmer weather and after a fortnight's hold-up rugby football and hockey teams were able to play.’
    • ‘Anyone participating in serious competitive games of rugby football must expect to receive his or her fair share of knocks, bruises, strains, abrasions and minor bodily injuries.’
    • ‘This is a weakness in the club structure and is something we are investing heavily in to promote tennis, rugby football and athletics.’
    • ‘He's also very keen on sports, he's very keen on rugby football.’
    • ‘Satellite television carries cricket, football and rugby every day of every week.’
    • ‘Michael hopes to continue playing golf but accepts that his rugby playing days are over.’

Phrases

  • rugby, racing, and beer

    • The three traditional interests of the stereotypical New Zealand man.

      ‘Clark stopped trying to bond over rugby, racing, and beer’
      • ‘It wasn't quite "rugby, racing and beer", but the couple got a real taste of New Zealand in the deep south today.’
      • ‘"It really was rugby, racing and beer back then," he recalled.’
      • ‘Beer has come a long way and there are now plenty of them being lovingly crafted all over the nation of rugby, racing and beer.’
      • ‘Downstairs is certainly traditional, with its emphasis on the holy trinity of Kiwi blokedom—rugby, racing and beer.’
      • ‘The image of New Zealand as a nation of rugby, racing and beer is one we theoretically outgrew years ago.’
      • ‘New Zealand broke away from the boundaries of rugby, racing and beer to embrace a range of new sports.’
      • ‘There are certainly things that interest me more about New Zealand than rugby, racing and beer.’
      • ‘The old cult of rugby, racing and beer no longer holds sway.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: named after Rugby School (see Rugby), where the game was first played.

Pronunciation

rugby

/ˈrʌɡbi/

Main definitions of rugby in English

: rugby1Rugby2

Rugby2

proper noun

  • A town in central England, on the River Avon in Warwickshire; population 64,300 (est. 2009). Rugby School was founded there in 1567.

Pronunciation

Rugby

/ˈrʌɡbi/