rum·​bus·​tious | \ ˌrəm-ˈbəs-chəs How to pronounce rumbustious (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The tech titans, with their somewhat rumbustious Bay Area staffers, look quite vulnerable. The Economist, "The media and prejudice Why race will continue to vex American newsrooms," 22 June 2020 In August Tito Mboweni, his rumbustious finance minister, published a paper proposing sweeping yet doable reforms. The Economist, "Cyril Ramaphosa is running out of time to reform South Africa," 19 Oct. 2019 Another popular view holds that Mr Trump’s rude and rumbustious character is really a merit in a time of great geopolitical and spiritual danger. The Economist, "When American evangelicals fall out," 5 July 2019 Ausilia, destined for spinsterhood, switches her spying from the lovers to the rumbustious, intimidating Jewish family who gather around the couple. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Behind the High Walls," 10 Feb. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of rumbustious was circa 1777

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“Rumbustious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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