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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
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But the very best part of American Girl is the third verse that never appears, leaving the listener out on the balcony as its rambunctious guitar jangles fade to silence, cheating us out of our heroine's happy ending.
The moon in Pisces on Tuesday, October 31 highlights your domestic fourth house, so even the most rambunctious Sagittarius may prefer a cozy get-together to a massive warehouse party.
As rambunctious guests played by Patricia Clarkson, Cherry Jones, Bruno Ganz, Emily Mortimer, and Cillian Murphy arrive, everything starts to go downhill.
This reboot modernizes its predecessor’s cartoon style and replaces Lily Tomlin’s Ms. Frizzle with her equally brilliant, scattershot sister, played by the always rambunctious Kate McKinnon.
My oldest, Josh, who turns 2 in January, is huge for his age and rambunctious.
Hoping to make amends for his various sins, Christopher’s father presents him with a rambunctious puppy (played by a local rescue dog), seemingly what every child (and audience) wants.
Though recorded when Freeman was a mere 88, the album epitomizes the rambunctious spirit of Freeman’s annual Green Mill celebrations, as did his scorching Jazz Festival performance.
With a Happy Ending This required goading the two rambunctious camels into an antiquated side-loading truck.
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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
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