Definition of rumbustious in English:

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Pronunciation: /rʌmˈbʌstʃəs/
Pronunciation: /rʌmˈbʌstɪəs/


informal, chiefly British
Boisterous or unruly: rumbustious football fans
More example sentences
  • The best songs here follow their previous blueprint: rollicking, rumbustious blues-banjo riots.
  • The large crowds at race courses and football matches, rumbustious but not often posing a real problem of public order, reflected a disciplined and orderly workforce.
  • Everybody knows that the politician has a rumbustious temperament, I think journalists know that more than most.
boisterous, unrestrained, irrepressible, exuberant, uproarious, rollicking, roisterous, rackety, noisy, loud, clamorous;
unruly, disorderly, rowdy, badly behaved, riotous, undisciplined, ill-disciplined, unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable, uncontrolled, obstreperous, disruptive, wild, rough
North American informal rambunctious
archaic rampageous
rare robustious



Example sentences
  • This was a rumbustiously motley affair where amateurs would don disguises and curious monikers to run for cash in what is, I believe, the oldest sprint event in the country.
  • I've missed writing about a lovely sunny day, and a rainy day, and a quite rumbustiously stormy night.


Example sentences
  • They are blessed with a vivacity and rumbustiousness that eclipses the lives of those around them.
  • Despite the outward rumbustiousness of several of his large-scale works, there was a profoundly reflective side to Bliss, partly deepened by the war, partly inbuilt.
  • The team is special one, one whose mixture of defensive brilliance and inspired rumbustiousness means that they are burnished on the memories of all early converts to the sport.


Late 18th century: probably an alteration of archaic robustious 'boisterous, robust'.

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