rambunctious

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adjective ram·bunc·tious \ram-ˈbəŋk-shəs\

Definition of rambunctious

  1. :  marked by uncontrollable exuberance :  unruly

rambunctiously

adverb

rambunctiousness

noun

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Examples of rambunctious in a Sentence

  1. that beach is often taken over by packs of rambunctious young people, so don't go there expecting peace and quiet

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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."

Origin and Etymology of rambunctious

probably alteration of rumbustious


RAMBUNCTIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

rambunctious

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Definition of rambunctious for English Language Learners

  • : uncontrolled in a way that is playful or full of energy


RAMBUNCTIOUS Defined for Kids

rambunctious

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adjective ram·bunc·tious \ram-ˈbəŋk-shəs\

Definition of rambunctious for Students

  1. :  not under control in a way that is playful or full of energy The schoolyard was filled with rambunctious kids.



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