rum·​bus·​tious | \ˌrəm-ˈbəs-chəs \

Definition of rumbustious 

chiefly British

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Other Words from rumbustious

rumbustiously adverb chiefly British
rumbustiousness noun chiefly British

Examples of rumbustious in a Sentence

while American university debates tend to be sedate affairs, their counterparts in Oxford are wholeheartedly rumbustious

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The rumbustious suffragettes are relegated to small etchings on the new statue’s plinth, a marginalisation that hints at lingering unease with their methods. The Economist, "What modern campaigners can learn from the fight for women’s suffrage," 19 Apr. 2018 Nor does everyone in the government identify with the rumbustious Mr Salvini. The Economist, "How Matteo Salvini is dominating Italian politics," 21 June 2018 On a sunny afternoon at the Alessandro Volta junior-middle school in Latina, 50km south of Rome, Massimo Alvisi, who teaches digital literacy, runs through some of the topics the rumbustious children in front of him have covered this year. The Economist, "Russian disinformation distorts American and European democracy," 24 Feb. 2018 Formerly a thuggish one-party dictatorship under martial law, over three decades Taiwan has transformed itself into a vibrant democracy that is notable for being decent, prosperous and civil, albeit with wildly rumbustious politics. The Economist, "Events in Catalonia and Kurdistan are causing pangs in Taiwan," 5 Oct. 2017 Across much of the economy, Communist officials preside over rumbustious capitalism. The Economist, "New era, old contradictionFears that Xi Jinping is bad for private enterprise are overblown," 25 Oct. 2017 This red-bricked pub was busy, but were none of the usually rumbustious chants and songs that usher in the start of big games here. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Manchester United Win Brings City Together After Concert Bombing," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of rumbustious

circa 1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rumbustious

alteration of robustious

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