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[roh-buhs-chuh s] /roʊˈbʌs tʃəs/
rough, rude, or boisterous.
robust, strong, or stout.
Origin of robustious
First recorded in 1540-50; robust + -ious
Related forms
robustiously, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The eyes of the robustious fellow began to blink, and he returned to his colleagues.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The picture of the robustious Colonel uneasy in Zion is one of them.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • This gunner was a robustious Vulcan, and his engine a mighty smith's hammer.

  • In robustious assertion you will not find anything to equal it in the Hospital Rhymes of that author.

    Masques & Phases Robert Ross
  • No doubt it was a drain on vitality to live abreast of such a man, to keep step with his robustious stride.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • He was a delicate youth, I take it, and willingly slunk from the robustious winter to an inn fireside.

  • They wandered about some more, listened for a short time to the trillings of a robustious prima donna come upon evil days.


    George Looms
  • There is a little too much in all this of the robustious Herakles sending his great voice before him.

    Robert Browning Edward Dowden
  • The mother was a robustious woman with a termagant temper; she was what you call "practical."

  • A robustious young fellow of sense and brains would have found in this lover of books and a bottle not a bad comrade.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
British Dictionary definitions for robustious


adjective (archaic)
rough; boisterous
strong, robust, or stout
Derived Forms
robustiously, adverb
robustiousness, noun
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