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).

Nearby words

  1. rioja,
  2. riolan's anastomosis,
  3. riomaggiore,
  4. rion strait,
  5. riopelle,
  6. riot act,
  7. riot gun,
  8. riot shield,
  9. riot squad,
  10. rioter

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

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British Dictionary definitions for run riot

riot

/ (ˈraɪət) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsrioter, 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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Word Origin and History for run riot
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Idioms and Phrases with run riot

run riot

see run amok.

riot

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

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