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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 dog was beautiful, rambunctious and obviously lost.
The rambunctious, energetic little boy fell limp in his arms and whispered into Duncan’s ear, asking him for the umpteenth time this year if Duncan had brought his fire truck.
The ship's crew is variously bored, blissed out, and restlessly rambunctious.
In the front row, her family and church community erupted in rambunctious cheer.
Williams, a volunteer jail chaplain whose friend was killed in the rampage, told the Star-Telegraph the rambunctious teen wants to change.
The 64-year-old toy mogul and his rambunctious entourage were not alone; instead they were followed along the worn linoleum floor by a cameraman who captured their every moment.
We are blessed to have him grace us with his rambunctious presence.
The orchestra, under the direction of David Dion, punctuated the action, with a flawless execution of both the poignant and rambunctious music for which Fiddler is so well-known.
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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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