[roh-buhs-chuh s]


rough, rude, or boisterous.
robust, strong, or stout.

Origin of robustious

First recorded in 1540–50; robust + -ious
Related formsro·bus·tious·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for robustious

Historical Examples of robustious

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for robustious


adjective archaic

rough; boisterous
strong, robust, or stout
Derived Formsrobustiously, adverbrobustiousness, noun
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