Definition of rumbustious in English:

rumbustious

Line breaks: rum¦bus|tious
Pronunciation: /rʌmˈbʌstʃəs
 
, -tɪəs/

adjective

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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

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

Derivatives

rumbustiously

adverb
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  • 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.

rumbustiousness

noun
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  • 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.

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