Definition of rumbustious in English:


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


informal , chiefly British



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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.


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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.


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

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