adjective \ˈrī-ə-təs\

of a group of people : behaving in a violent and uncontrolled way

: very exciting, fun, or full of energy

: existing or occurring in large amounts

Full Definition of RIOTOUS

a :  of the nature of a riot :  turbulent
b :  participating in riot
:  abundant, exuberant <the garden was riotous with flowers>
ri·ot·ous·ly adverb
ri·ot·ous·ness noun

Examples of RIOTOUS

  1. a riotous profusion of flowers
  2. <his riotous mugging always has everyone in hysterics>

First Known Use of RIOTOUS

15th century


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