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
Synonyms for riot
Related Words for rioterfunny, fantastic, farcical, humorous, ludicrous, preposterous, ridiculous, absurd, hilarious, bizarre, nonsensical, comical, whimsical, entertaining, eccentric, provocative, fascinating, enjoyable, lively, diverting
Examples from the Web for rioter
Historical Examples of rioter
And as for drunkenness, I was never drunk in my life; nor, by my own leave, a rioter.Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
And the other is a rioter, wasting his substance, and dishonoring his name in a strange country.Merkland
Hassard, "fet not hassard nor rioter" (IP,320,c); so in original.
You see, the fist of the rioter has driven it home to me that I am a Jew.The White Terror and The Red
The boy's white, set face, as he grasped the reins; and Rioter was off like lightning.Under the Mendips
- 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
Word Origin for riot
late 14c., "debauchee," from Old French riotour, from riote, (see riot (n.)). Meaning "one who takes part in a rising or public disturbance against authority" is from mid-15c.
c.1200, "debauchery, extravagance, wanton living," from Old French riote (12c.) "dispute, quarrel, (tedious) talk, chattering, argument, domestic strife," also a euphemism for "sexual intercourse," of uncertain origin. Cf. Medieval Latin riota "quarrel, dispute, uproar, riot." Perhaps from Latin rugire "to roar." Meaning "public disturbance" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "something spectacularly successful" first recorded 1909 in theater slang.
Run riot is first recorded 1520s, a metaphoric extension from Middle English meaning in reference to hounds following the wrong scent. The Riot Act, part of which must be read to a mob before active measures can be taken, was passed 1714 (1 Geo. I, st.2, c.5). Riot girl and alternative form riot grrl first recorded 1992.
see read the riot act; run amok (riot).