verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to act without control or restraint: The neighbors let their children run riot.
- to grow luxuriantly or abundantly: Crab grass is running riot in our lawn.
Origin of riot
Examples from the Web for riot
They made one last charge for the airport, and when the riot police blocked them again a melee ensued.
Riot police eventually converged from the flanks, hundreds at first, then hundreds more, with shields and batons.
The riot police advanced on the crowd and the crowd gave some ground but did not retreat.
A battalion of riot police armed with shotguns arrived on the scene.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era|Gary May|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On some days there have been more police water-cannon trucks and riot shields on show than tanks.
At this time there was a bad feeling among the prisoners, and they daily expected a riot.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2|Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
The death of Amber was as nothing to the death of Chitor—a body whence the life had been driven by riot and the sword.From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling
Rose vines, clambering at will over the picturesque old dwelling, were a riot of colors.Sisters|Grace May North
Meanwhile round the hall of the diet a riot had broken out; the soldiers intervened and blood was shed.
On this memorable day of the riot his arms were not folded on his chest.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard|Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for riot
- a disturbance made by an unruly mob or (in law) three or more persons; tumult or uproar
- (as modifier)a riot gun; riot police; a riot shield
- to behave wildly and without restraint
- (of plants) to grow rankly or profusely
Derived Formsrioter, nounrioting, noun
Word Origin for riot
Idioms and Phrases with riot
see read the riot act; run amok (riot).