verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- riolan's anastomosis,
- rion strait,
- riot act,
- riot gun,
- riot shield,
- riot squad,
- 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 rioting
But burning, rioting, and looting are disgraceful—and they make for real-life victims we somehow never hear about.
Rioting and looting ensued shortly after the verdict and racial tensions were tense across the United States for years to follow.
Rioting, shoplifting, and violent confrontation with the police took place shortly thereafter.
“In the early morning hours I arrived at the scene of rioting,” he told the YNet news wire.Israelis and Arabs Shaken by the Aftershock of Teen Murders|Miranda Frum|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Also this week, 17 students were handed 14-year prison sentences for rioting.
And there was rioting on Amaterasu, because of public indignation over a fraudulent election.Ministry of Disturbance|Henry Beam Piper
The immediate result was that rioting broke out in practically all parts of the country except the purely agricultural.The Secret of the League|Ernest Bramah
A certain spontaneity of expression, a spring, a rioting song of gladness, are some of the signs of this more abounding life.A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed.|William Chauncey Bartlett
It should abolish the present quaint toleration of rioting in theatres.The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet|George Bernard Shaw
There was a great deal of rioting through the night, but that was the end of it.The Life of James McNeill Whistler|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
- 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
1590s, "dissoluteness," verbal noun from riot (v.). Earlier was riotry (early 14c.). Meaning "continuous public disturbance" is from 1832.
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.
late 14c., "behave in a dissolute manner, engage in loose revelry," from Old French rioter "chatter, dispute, quarrel," from riote (see riot (n.)). Meaning "take part in a public disturbance" is from 1755. Related: Rioted; rioting.
see read the riot act; run amok (riot).