- difficult to control or handle; wildly boisterous: a rambunctious child.
- turbulently active and noisy: a social gathering that became rambunctious and out of hand.
Origin of rambunctious
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; origin uncertain
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At the same time, we live in a state of tremendous denial about the rambunctiousness of our recent lineage.Why Obama Isn't America's First Black President
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- informal boisterous; unruly
Word Origin for rambunctious
C19: probably from Icelandic ram- (intensifying prefix) + -bunctious, from bumptious
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1859, earlier rumbunctious, 1830, probably altered (by influence of ram) from rumbustious.
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