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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
The Rabbids were huge in the late aughts, starring in a number of party games that were a huge hit among younger players, with just enough conviction in their rambunctious humor to entertain the adults who played with them.
The Aberdeen IronBirds, a Class A short-season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, has Ryan Ripken, the son of Cal Ripken, Jr., playing on first base, plus plenty of activities for rambunctious kids who won’t sit through the game.
With his rambunctious tracks and excitable delivery, Lil Boat knows how to get a crowd going.
When the crowd noticed Patrick Mahomes in the game, there was rousing — but not quite rambunctious — applause.
The silver test car ($575 extra for the paint job) came with Audi’s stout 2.0-liter turbo I4 that creates a spirited, if not rambunctious, 252 horsepower and 273 foot-pounds of torque.
Maple, who can be rambunctious, stood quietly next to Jessie.
Dolores's second son Wynton Marsalis, whose mastery of both jazz and classical trumpet earned him a Pulitzer Prize and a position as director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, recalled that his mother reigned over a rambunctious household.
A puppy may be more rambunctious and need more bathroom breaks than an older dog.
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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
First Known Use: 1830See Words from the same year
Synonymshell-raising, knockabout, boisterous, raucous, robustious, roisterous, rollicking, rowdy, rumbustious [chiefly British]
Related Wordscallithumpian, carnival, carnivalesque, larrikin [chiefly Australian], raffish, rampageous, raucous, riotous, rowdyish, ruffianly; stormy, tempestuous, turbulent, violent; headstrong, intractable, obstreperous, recalcitrant, uncontrollable, uncontrolled, undisciplined, ungovernable, uninhibited, unmanageable, unreserved, unrestrained, unruly, wild, willful (or wilful); bubbly, buoyant, effervescent, exuberant, high-spirited, impassioned, lively, sprightly, vivacious; clamorous, loudmouthed, noisy, openmouthed, rackety, strident, vociferous; howling, screaming, yelling
Near Antonymssedate, sober, solemn, somber (or sombre), staid; decorous, dignified, proper, seemly; calm, hushed, noiseless, peaceful, placid, quiet, restrained, serene, silent, soundless, tranquil; collected, composed, constrained, controlled, imperturbable, inhibited, repressed, self-controlled, unflappable, unruffled; moderate, reasonable, subdued, temperate; impassive, phlegmatic, stoic (or stoical), stolid; depressed; aloof, detached, indifferent
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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