rumbustious definition by Webster's New World
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Chiefly Brit. rambunctious, boisterous, unruly, etc.
Origin: altered (? after rum) ; from robustious
rumbustious definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Uncontrollably exuberant; unruly: “Common to both his illustrations and his independent paintings . . . and lurking below their rumbustious surface, is a sympathy for the vulnerability of the ordinary human being” (Christopher Andreae).
Origin: Probably alteration of robustious (influenced by rambunctious).
- rum·busˈtious·ly adverb
- rum·busˈtious·ness noun