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  1. Rugby(def 3).
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Origin of rugger

1890–95; rug(by) + -er7
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Examples from the Web for rugger

Historical Examples of rugger

  • We had a "soccer" team, a "rugger" team, and a cricket eleven.

    The 23rd (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (First Sportsman's)

    Fred W. Ward

  • While at school I had been a boxer, a runner, and had got my school cap for Rugger.

    The Passion for Life

    Joseph Hocking

  • What we call simply football is Rugby or Rugger to the Englishman.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

  • "I wasn't playin' Rugger with the boots, Father," he said, patiently.

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    Richmal Crompton

  • If you play badly at rugger you are asked what use you will be in a regiment.

British Dictionary definitions for rugger


  1. mainly British an informal name for rugby
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