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
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.
Lyndon Johnson, a rambunctious, back-slapping Texan, gave way to the socially awkward and furtive Richard Nixon.
As President George W. Bush revealed his choice in a formal White House ceremony, John and Jane Roberts struggled to simultaneously ignore and control the rambunctious boy in the short-pants ice-cream suit.
Milwaukee Brewing Co. tours are high-energy, dive-bar-rambunctious, cocktail-party happy hours.
Americans were taken immediately by the rambunctious candidate’s unusual style and pugnacious attitude.
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.
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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: 1830See Words from the same year
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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