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Rugby

[ruhg-bee] /ˈrʌg bi/
noun
1.
a city in E Warwickshire, in central England.
2.
a boys' preparatory school located there: founded 1567.
3.
Also, rugby. Also called rugger, Rugby football. a form of football, played between two teams of 15 members each, that differs from soccer in freedom to carry the ball, block with the hands and arms, and tackle, and is characterized chiefly by continuous action and prohibition against the use of substitute players.
Origin
1835-1840
probably earlier than 1835-40 for def 3
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British Dictionary definitions for rugby foot-ball

rugby

/ˈrʌɡbɪ/
noun
1.
Also called rugger. a form of football played with an oval ball in which the handling and carrying of the ball is permitted
2.
(Canadian) another name for Canadian football
Word Origin
C19: named after the public school at Rugby, where it was first played

Rugby

/ˈrʌɡbɪ/
noun
1.
a town in central England, in E Warwickshire: famous public school, founded in 1567. Pop: 61 988 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for rugby foot-ball

rugby

n.

type of football, 1864, after Rugby, public school where the game was played, from city of Rugby in Warwickshire, central England. The place name is Rocheberie (1086), probably "fortified place of a man called *Hroca;" with second element from Old English burh (dative byrig), replaced by 13c. with Old Norse -by "village" due to the influence of Danish settlers. Otherwise it might be *Rockbury today. Or first element perhaps is Old English hroc "rook." Rugby Union formed 1871. Slang rugger for "rugby" is from 1893.

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