Simple Definition of rambunctious
: uncontrolled in a way that is playful or full of energy
Full Definition of rambunctious
: marked by uncontrollable exuberance : unruly
Examples of rambunctious in a sentence
<that beach is often taken over by packs of rambunctious young people, so don't go there expecting peace and quiet>
Did You Know?
Rambunctious first appeared in print in 1830, at a time when the fast-growing United States was forging its identity and indulging in a fashion for colorful new coinages suggestive of the young nation's optimism and exuberance. "Rip-roaring," "scalawag," "hornswoggle," and "skedaddle" are other examples of the lively language of that era. Did Americans alter the largely British "rumbustious" because it sounded, well, British? That could be. "Rumbustious," which first appeared in Britain in the late 1700s, was probably based on "robustious," a much older adjective that meant both "robust" and "boisterous."
Origin and Etymology of rambunctious
probably alteration of rumbustious
First Known Use: 1830
RAMBUNCTIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of rambunctious for Students
: not under control in a way that is playful or full of energy <The schoolyard was filled with rambunctious kids.>
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