Definition of rambunctious
: marked by uncontrollable exuberance : unruly
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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
Like Potter, Virelles combined brainy, sometimes provocative gestures with a robust, rambunctious performance manner.
Ralph is a rambunctious rottweiler mix who likes to bury his bones, howl at sirens and wiggle into bushes to scratch his back.
There was polish to the wine, the sort of sheen that comes only from the friction of age sanding away the rough edges of rambunctious youth.
Folk singer Devendra Banhart saunters by in a liquor store and Harold and Kumar‘s John Cho pops up as a rambunctious nightclub emcee.
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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
First Known Use: 1830
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
: not under control in a way that is playful or full of energy The schoolyard was filled with rambunctious kids.
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