rambunctious

adjective
ram·​bunc·​tious | \ ram-ˈbəŋk-shəs How to pronounce rambunctious (audio) \

Definition of rambunctious

: marked by uncontrollable exuberance : unruly

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Other Words from rambunctious

rambunctiously adverb
rambunctiousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for rambunctious

Synonyms

boisterous, hell-raising, knockabout, raucous, robustious, roisterous, rollicking, rowdy, rumbustious [chiefly British]

Antonyms

orderly

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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."

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 on the Web

Fifty years after City Hall opened upon the rambunctious ruins of old Scollay Square, the brutalist landmark remains divisive. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "50 years of pols and paper chases: Tales from inside City Hall," 27 June 2019 Lil Nas X, clad in a neon-yellow getup, led an absolutely rambunctious crowd in the sing-along while Cyrus delivered his verse at a mic stand, giving in to a few cowboy boot kicks as dancers strutted around him. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus Ride 'Old Town Road' to the 2019 BET Awards: Watch," 23 June 2019 The first movie followed a group of rambunctious pets who run wild when their owners leave the house. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Star-Studded Cast of 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' Has Surprising Additions," 13 May 2019 This Broadway version, which debuted on the Great White Way in 2017, has a been-there-seen-that mist settled around the rambunctious production now in a two-week run in Fort Lauderdale. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Broward Center’s ‘A Bronx Tale’ a well-worn story, done well," 12 June 2019 Plush furniture in the more active side of the space (like a low, modular sofa from BoConcept and floor cushions from Urban Outfitters) keeps rambunctious toddlers safe, while a restrained palette elevates the overall look. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Create the World's Most Insane Playroom," 24 May 2019 These have done little, though, to slow the rambunctious toddler down. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This 18-Month-Old Girl Has "Childhood Alzheimer's" and Needs Your Help," 6 Apr. 2017 Last night, the glittering and rambunctious opening of the Times Square Edition hotel made that clear. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Kendall, Hailey, Cara! Models Galore Came Out to the Opening of Edition Hotels’s Times Square Outpost," 13 Mar. 2019 Keep rambunctious kids away from the pets (or vice versa). Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Sure Your Pets Have a Happy Holiday Too," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of rambunctious

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rambunctious

probably alteration of rumbustious

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English Language Learners Definition of rambunctious

US : uncontrolled in a way that is playful or full of energy

rambunctious

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ram·​bunc·​tious | \ ram-ˈbəŋk-shəs How to pronounce rambunctious (audio) \

Kids Definition of rambunctious

: not under control in a way that is playful or full of energy The schoolyard was filled with rambunctious kids.

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