rivalrous

adjective
ri·​val·​rous | \ ˈrī-vəl-rəs How to pronounce rivalrous (audio) \

Definition of rivalrous

: given to rivalry : competitive

Examples of rivalrous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cockfight between Maverick and Iceman is echoed in the rivalrous posturing of Rooster and the arrogant Hangman (an interestingly Kilmeresque Glen Powell). New York Times, 26 May 2022 At the ceremony, much of the attention went to a different kind of war, between the two rivalrous sisters nominated for Best Actress: Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2022 But, by dwelling on the rivalrous, often petty, personalities of all the participants, Ms. Hirshman effectively reduces the abolitionist movement to little more than a group of squabbling egotists. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 As with many rivalrous neighbors, however, the root causes of the feud run far deeper. New York Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Or when a rivalrous bet gone wrong resulted in a UK fan hopping in a pool in 40-degree weather. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 27 Nov. 2021 Rather, they were lured ever deeper into the empire by rivalrous emperors and generals, who disbursed treasure (often gained from the plunder of Roman provinces) and ceded taxable land in return for military support. Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 In his dual roles with the Brigham and its parent company, Higgins will take on the wrenching challenge of unifying a sprawling system whose founding hospitals remain mostly separate and sometimes rivalrous more than 25 years after their merger. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2021 But most of the series’ time is spent mining the power differentials among the (largely white) elite, from warring spouses to squabbling siblings to rivalrous besties. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rivalrous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of rivalrous

1812, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About rivalrous

Time Traveler for rivalrous

Time Traveler

The first known use of rivalrous was in 1812

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near rivalrous

rivalless

rivalrous

rivalry

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for rivalrous

Cite this Entry

“Rivalrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rivalrous. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on rivalrous

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for rivalrous

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!