Definition of rugby in US English:

rugby

(also rugby football)

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.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

rugby

/ˈrəɡbi//ˈrəɡbē/