Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or resembling a riot.
  • adjective Participating in or inciting to riot or uproar.
  • adjective Uproarious; boisterous.
  • adjective Dissolute; wanton.
  • adjective Abundant or luxuriant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tumultuous; of the nature of an unlawful assembly; seditious; guilty of riot: as, a riotous mob; a riotous demagogue.
  • Indulging in riot or revelry; accompanied by or consisting in revelry or debauchery; wanton or licentious.
  • Boisterous; uproarious: as, riotous glee.
  • Synonyms See insurrection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Involving, or engaging in, riot; wanton; unrestrained; luxurious.
  • adjective Partaking of the nature of an unlawful assembly or its acts; seditious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective having the characteristics of a riot
  • adjective causing, inciting or taking part in a riot
  • adjective unrestrained and boisterous; degenerate or dissolute

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective produced or growing in extreme abundance
  • adjective characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
  • adjective unrestrained by convention or morality

Etymologies

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From riot + -ous.

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