riot

[ rahy-uht ]
/ ˈraɪ ət /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to spend (money, time, etc.) in riotous living (usually followed by away or out).

Idioms

    run riot,
    1. to act without control or restraint: The neighbors let their children run riot.
    2. to grow luxuriantly or abundantly: Crab grass is running riot in our lawn.

Origin of riot

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English: debauchery, revel, violent disturbance < Old French riot(e) debate, dispute, quarrel, derivative of rihoter, riot(t)er to quarrel; (v.) Middle English rioten < Old French rihoter, riot(t)er

SYNONYMS FOR riot

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British Dictionary definitions for antiriot (1 of 2)

antiriot

/ (ˌæntɪˈraɪət) /

adjective

(of police officers, equipment, measures, etc) designed for or engaged in the control of crowds

British Dictionary definitions for antiriot (2 of 2)

riot

/ (ˈraɪət) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

rioter, nounrioting, noun

Word Origin for riot

C13: from Old French riote dispute, from ruihoter to quarrel, probably from ruir to make a commotion, from Latin rugīre to roar
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Idioms and Phrases with antiriot

riot


see read the riot act; run amok (riot).

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