rivalrous

adjective
ri·val·rous | \ ˈrī-vəl-rəs \

Definition of rivalrous 

: given to rivalry : competitive

Examples of rivalrous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Easy enough for knights and their steeds to turn up as helicopters and corporate jets, and easy too for irascible media emperor Henry Dunbar and his rivalrous deputies to stand in for contentious king and court. Cynthia Ozick, New York Times, "King Lear Is Reborn as a 21st-Century Media Mogul," 25 Oct. 2017 That would appear to put the wheels in place for a rivalrous battle between household names who are polar opposites, allowing for two very different meditations on the nature of success. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Current War': Film Review | TIFF 2017," 10 Sep. 2017 The rivalrous duels between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will forever be immortalized by basketball savants. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Andy Mineo & Wordsplayed Talk New Mixtape 'Magic & Bird' and Their Love for Comedy," 9 Aug. 2017

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.

See More

First Known Use of rivalrous

1812, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rivalrous

Dictionary Entries near rivalrous

rivality

rivalize

rivalless

rivalrous

rivalry

rivalship

rive

Statistics for rivalrous

Last Updated

3 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for rivalrous

The first known use of rivalrous was in 1812

See more words from the same year

Comments on rivalrous

What made you want to look up rivalrous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

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!