rumbustious

[ ruhm-buhs-chuh s ]
/ rʌmˈbʌs tʃəs /

adjective Chiefly British.


Nearby words

  1. rumble seat,
  2. rumble strip,
  3. rumbling,
  4. rumblingly,
  5. rumbly,
  6. rumelia,
  7. rumen,
  8. rumford,
  9. rumi,
  10. ruminant

Origin of rumbustious

1775–80; probably variant of robustious

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Examples from the Web for rumbustious

  • Even the rumbustious Foreign Secretary and Deputy Leader George Brown got into the act.

    The Charmed Life of a Traitor|Harold Evans|November 6, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • The rumbustious ogre has a hitherto undescribed, but quite imaginable, gap-toothed, beetle-browed ogress of a wife.

    Jaffery|William J. Locke


British Dictionary definitions for rumbustious

rumbustious

/ (rʌmˈbʌstjəs) /

adjective

boisterous or unruly
Derived Formsrumbustiously, adverbrumbustiousness, noun

Word Origin for rumbustious

C18: probably a variant of robustious

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Word Origin and History for rumbustious

rumbustious

adj.

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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