Share this entry

rambunctious Line breaks: ram|bunc¦tious
Pronunciation: /ramˈbʌŋ(k)ʃəs/

Definition of rambunctious in English:


informal , chiefly North American
Uncontrollably exuberant; boisterous: a rambunctious tyke
More example sentences
  • Victoria Gottis is a divorced single mom raising three rambunctious little teens.
  • Most of the kids at the school were rowdy and rambunctious, but they knew not to mess with the principal.
  • It turned out we had a lot in common; we were loud, unpredictable and very rambunctious.


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.



Example sentences
  • The intent to make the already rambunctiously witty play even more so is laudable, as is the casting of new Edmonton talent.
  • Beagles are inclined to play rambunctiously and their spiritedness may lead to accidental injuries to their playmates.
  • All around me students played happily, rambunctiously.


Example sentences
  • He flirted with her while the lioness reduced his rambunctiousness to docility.
  • He's combined the influence of rural rambunctiousness with big-city musicianship and devised a contemporary rendering of old-fashioned country tunes.
  • The controlled chaos of opener ‘We Are Rolling’ sets a tone of harsh, buzzing rambunctiousness, taken down a few notches for some eerie groovers here and there.

Words that rhyme with rambunctious


Definition of rambunctious in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly