American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Uncontrollably exuberant; unruly: "Common to both his illustrations and his independent paintings . . . and lurking below their rumbustious surface, is a sympathy for the vulnerability of the ordinary human being” ( Christopher Andreae).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as rambustious.
- adj. noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
- Possibly alteration of robustious (Wiktionary)
- Probably alteration of robustious (influenced by rambunctious). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Indeed no party has the kind of rumbustious everyman with the chutzpah to carry it off.”
“Assumptions that the culprit was the Stoke City fan Malcolm Clarke, viewed by many of his peers in the FA council as its most rumbustious member, would be wide of the mark.”
“The Savage Detectives is a rumbustious account of idealist anarchist poets which drew an international audience.”
“Keith Richards's Life Weidenfeld & Nicolson is a rumbustious but surprisingly well-remembered memoir of the rock'n'roll life.”
“Good", sweet caring girls stuck to prams and dolls' houses while "real" rumbustious, daring, active boys were given cars, guns, boats and planes It's a tribute to the sticking power of stereotypes that, as many more men are taking on child-rearing duties hence, perhaps, the reason why the everyday pushchair looks like an aeronautics gadget and more women are seen on the battle front, the kingdom of toys remains resolutely segregated on traditional lines.”
“Someone with real authority in Scottish Labour should gently put an arm around him and suggest that if he can't handle merely being accused of anti-Scottishness in the course of what promises to be a rumbustious campaign he might wish to pursue another career.”
“This is even more anthemic than their debut, with the rumbustious gang feel of early Dexys, chiming guitars and a chorus to bellow very loudly.”
“The jokes are pushed to their limits but it's skilfully done, with excellent singing notably Julia Riley, Clint van der Linde, Laura Mitchell and rumbustious playing from the Old Street Band conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenny.”
“Here again is the rumbustious Silverstein sensibility, with its screwball humor, mixed-up whimsy, tenderheartedness and occasional dashes of vulgarity.”
“Some believe new shows, including Randall and Boulton Unleashed, anchored by the channel's political editor and its rumbustious, Brown-baiting business editor Jeff Randall, signal that Sky is already taking a tentative step in that direction.”
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