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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both sides play a similar open style of rugby which should produce a fine spectacle.’
    • ‘Satellite television carries cricket, football and rugby every day of every week.’
    • ‘I still love playing rugby and tennis and I have no problem getting about the pitch or the court.’
    • ‘As a teacher Andy worked at the City of London School, where he coached cricket and rugby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The laws of a game like rugby football differ from norms of conduct enforced by the courts.’
    • ‘This is a weakness in the club structure and is something we are investing heavily in to promote tennis, rugby football and athletics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What pleases me is that they are playing great rugby football, and the whole team are smiling a lot.’
    • ‘In rugby, the ratio of the hand pass to the kick is much lower than in Gaelic football.’
    • ‘He's also very keen on sports, he's very keen on rugby football.’
    • ‘You can give them all the money in the world, they won't improve their standard of rugby football unless they get better competition.’
    • ‘Open rugby was impossible in strong winds, as the ball was constantly blown off course.’
    • ‘He was a school monitor, head of Clifton Rise house and played for the first team at both rugby and hockey.’
    • ‘They're really getting behind the team and seem to be genuinely enjoying their rugby.’
    • ‘Michael hopes to continue playing golf but accepts that his rugby playing days are over.’
    • ‘In perfect conditions for rugby football, the team was playing with pace and precision, looking to move the ball at every opportunity.’
    • ‘We see how excited people get when England start winning at cricket, football or rugby.’

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’
      • ‘The old cult of rugby, racing and beer no longer holds sway.’
      • ‘There are certainly things that interest me more about New Zealand than 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘"It really was rugby, racing and beer back then," he recalled.’
      • ‘It wasn't quite "rugby, racing and beer", but the couple got a real taste of New Zealand in the deep south today.’
      • ‘New Zealand broke away from the boundaries of rugby, racing and beer to embrace a range of new sports.’

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/