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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
Unburdened by an operatic plot, the gleefully rambunctious concerto freely explores gestures with collage-like interplay and little allegiance to any one key.
Since a harrowing premature birth, the rambunctious calf has captivated the world with her adorable antics.
An officer arriving on the scene was unable to find the rambunctious skunk.
My cat is very rambunctious, gets into everything and likes to test authority.
The yoga in the classes is gentle and accessible to everyone and really, the main focus of the class is the rambunctious, nine-week-old pups.
Cardi’s hilarious skits and rambunctious punchlines about fighting, tricking out suitors, and the consequences of newfound fame added to her already raw street cred.
Feeling rambunctious after the solemnity of Capricorn season, darling ram?
Another is a rambunctious middle schooler trying to figure out how to approach his school crush.
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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
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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