[ ram-buhngk-shuhs ]
/ ræmˈbʌŋk ʃəs /
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difficult to control or handle; wildly boisterous: a rambunctious child.
turbulently active and noisy: a social gathering that became rambunctious and out of hand.



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Origin of rambunctious

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM rambunctious

ram·bunc·tious·ly, adverbram·bunc·tious·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rambunctious

/ (ræmˈbʌŋkʃəs) /


informal boisterous; unruly

Derived forms of rambunctious

rambunctiously, adverbrambunctiousness, noun

Word Origin for rambunctious

C19: probably from Icelandic ram- (intensifying prefix) + -bunctious, from bumptious
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