Definitions

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

  • adjective Uncontrollably exuberant; unruly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as rambustious.

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  • adjective boisterous and unruly

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

  • adjective noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of robustious.]

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Possibly alteration of robustious

Examples

  • Indeed no party has the kind of rumbustious everyman with the chutzpah to carry it off.

    Eye on Britain

  • Keith Richards's Life Weidenfeld & Nicolson is a rumbustious but surprisingly well-remembered memoir of the rock'n'roll life.

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  • 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.

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra; Xerxes; La bohème – review

  • Here again is the rumbustious Silverstein sensibility, with its screwball humor, mixed-up whimsy, tenderheartedness and occasional dashes of vulgarity.

    When Life Depends On Scrabble

  • 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.

    F&M playlist

  • The Savage Detectives is a rumbustious account of idealist anarchist poets which drew an international audience.

    The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolaño – review

  • 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.

    Football League clubs debate wage restraint to curb losses

  • "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.

    Lucky boy raised without gender stereotypes | Yvonne Roberts

  • 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.

    Football League clubs debate wage restraint to curb losses

  • 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.

    Poor Robert Burns. He deserves better than this | Kevin McKenna

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  • I love this word.

    September 24, 2008

  • Like rambunctious, but alcohol is involved.

    April 29, 2009