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[rahy-uh-tuh s] /ˈraɪ ə təs/
(of an act) characterized by or of the nature of rioting or a disturbance of the peace.
(of a person) inciting or taking part in a riot.
given to or marked by unrestrained revelry; loose; wanton:
riotous living.
boisterous or uproarious:
riotous laughter.
hilariously funny.
Origin of riotous
1300-50; Middle English; see riot, -ous
Related forms
riotously, adverb
riotousness, noun
unriotous, adjective
unriotously, adverb
unriotousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for riotous
  • Life cannot be sanctioned by vengeful actions or riotous demonstrations.
  • Each car is pierced with dozens of light rods that blink in riotous colors.
  • It prompted riotous scenes in parliament and a media whirl.
  • The literature though made for an absolutely riotous read.
  • Inevitably, this disrespect and disdain of uninvolved persons and their properties will soon evolve into riotous mayhem.
  • He enjoyed telling off a district attorney as much as telling a riotous story in chambers.
  • You're free to bequeath it to a home for incorrigible cats or squander it on riotous living.
  • And she brought home riotous stories of her adventures.
  • Then,-one mischief at a time,-this riotous time-destroying crew disappear.
  • But once you get past the riotous red hair, his style is understated.
British Dictionary definitions for riotous


proceeding from or of the nature of riots or rioting
inciting to riot
characterized by wanton or lascivious revelry: riotous living
characterized by boisterous or unrestrained merriment: riotous laughter
Derived Forms
riotously, adverb
riotousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for riotous

mid-14c., "troublesome, wanton, extravagant," from Old French riotos "argumentative, quarrelsome," from riote (see riot (n.)). Meaning "tumultuous, turbulent" is mid-15c. Related: Riotously; riotousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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