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[ruhm-buhs-chuh s]
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adjective Chiefly British.
  1. rambunctious.
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Origin of rumbustious

1775–80; probably variant of robustious
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  • The rumbustious ogre has a hitherto undescribed, but quite imaginable, gap-toothed, beetle-browed ogress of a wife.


    William J. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for rumbustious


  1. boisterous or unruly
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Derived Formsrumbustiously, adverbrumbustiousness, noun

Word Origin

C18: probably a variant of robustious
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Word Origin and History for rumbustious


1778, an arbitrary formation perhaps suggested by rum (adj.) + boisterous, robustious, bumptious, etc. Cf., from about the same time, rumbustical, rumgumptious.

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