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 That means turn off the TV, give their phone a rest, and even maintain some space between siblings if things tend to get rivalrous. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "How to Set Up Your Kid’s Virtual Work/Play Space," 18 May 2020 But as was the rivalrous custom, their departments set up separate command centers, blocks from each other. New York Times, "How the Chaos at Elmhurst Hospital Exposed Health Care’s Fiefdoms," 14 May 2020 As such, those fatally rivalrous street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, have probably never loomed larger. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘West Side Story’ Review: Sharks vs. Jets vs. Video," 20 Feb. 2020 In Tasmania, the idea gradually turned into a bit of a joke: the island’s very own Bigfoot, with its own zany, rivalrous fraternities of seekers and true believers. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 There are 17 fiercely rivalrous contrade that ring Siena. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "The Palio di Siena: A Survivor’s Tale," 16 Apr. 2018 Shakir and the Viceland crew were in Algeria in April 2016 to film a documentary on the Derby of Algiers, North Africa’s largest and most rivalrous soccer match. NBC News, "Vice Media is sued after employee is assaulted on assignment," 21 Apr. 2018 Many of the game's participants know members of the opposing team from other tournaments or showcases; that creates a bit of a rivalrous tone. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Nike Hoop Summit much more than a 'showoff fest' as both sides focus on winning," 13 Apr. 2018 These teams — there are precisely two in the series, vaguely rivalrous, unequally enlightened — are the tough who get going when the going gets too tough for the ordinary weapons and tactics of ordinary police officers. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "CBS's flashy, action-packed 'S.W.A.T.' reboot will no doubt serve as comfort food to some viewers," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of rivalrous

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Rivalrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rivalrous. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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