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Definition of rumbustious

chiefly British

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 Still, there’s a lot of pleasing vitality to this great American story about how clever brewers took an ancient idea and unlocked an unheard-of range of innovations with a combination of capitalist energy and rumbustious creativity. Kyle Smith, National Review, 18 Apr. 2021 The tech titans, with their somewhat rumbustious Bay Area staffers, look quite vulnerable. The Economist, 22 June 2020 In August Tito Mboweni, his rumbustious finance minister, published a paper proposing sweeping yet doable reforms. The Economist, 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, 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, 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, 19 Apr. 2018 Nor does everyone in the government identify with the rumbustious Mr Salvini. The Economist, 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, 24 Feb. 2018

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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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“Rumbustious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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