• (British, America) IPA: /ˈɹʌɡbi/
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". The place name Rugby is attested in the Domesday Book as Rocheberie, possibly equivalent to rook + -by. Noun


  1. (usually, uncountable) A form of football in which 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.
    The two rugbies split following a debate about amateurism.
  2. (countable) A loose fitting shirt with a collar, as worn by rugby players.
    • 2003, B. Lawson Thornton, Misery Loves Company: The Diary of Kerri Mitchell, East River Press ISBN 9780974018300
      I don't know why, but for some reason people who work undercover for department store security always wear rugbies and khakis.
    • 2007, Adam Mansbach, Angry Black White Boy: A Novel, Crown ISBN 9780307419798, page 69
      Jansports and cargo pants were everywhere, set off with overstated polos, rugbies, and sweatshirts blaring the logos of hip hop designers.
    • 2015, Tony Jackson, FROM THE STREETS TO THE SHEETS, Page Publishing Inc ISBN 9781634171519
      I bought three jogging suits, a pair of Polo sneakers, and two rugbies.
Synonyms Translations Noun

rugby (plural rugbys)

  1. (Philippines) Rubber cement, contact cement.

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A town in Warwickshire, England, where the sport of rugby is thought to have originated.
  2. A local government district with borough status in Warwickshire with its headquarters in the town.
  3. A city/county seat in Pierce County, North Dakota.

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