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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
Recent Examples of rambunctious from the Web
Anna, a rambunctious 5-year-old, cannot sit still in the players’ box, and her movements can distract Rodina from her business on the court.
The rambunctious boy loved to play outside and clamber onto her lap to kiss her.
The research resulted in spaces that catered not only to rambunctious, active youngsters, but also to children who prefer cozy spaces to curl up with a book.
Her life is filled with all things pink, except for the one bit of blue—her rambunctious 4-year-old son.
Both France and Spain, to undermine British power, provided both arms and troops to the rambunctious rebels.
After their amazing birth, the girls have gone on to become rambunctious toddlers side-by-side.
The sisters have showed off their rambunctious sides before.
There the family grew to six with the addition of four rambunctious boys.
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rambunctious Has (possible) British Origins
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."
wild and woolly;
RAMBUNCTIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rambunctious for English Language Learners
: uncontrolled in a way that is playful or full of energy
RAMBUNCTIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of rambunctious for Students
- The schoolyard was filled with rambunctious kids.
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