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Monday, December 23, 2002

Definitions for robustious

  1. Boisterous; vigorous.
  2. Coarse; rough; crude.

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Citations for robustious
. . .the robustious romantic figure comparable to John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility--he comes in with dash, then proves a temptation to the heroine but is an eventual disappointment. Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic
When the meaning of the disturbance became clear to him he placed a hand beside his mouth and shouted: "Hey! Frank!" in such a robustious voice that the feeble clamor of the natives was drowned and silenced. O. Henry, Cabbages and Kings
Origin of robustious
Robustious derives from Latin robustus, "oaken, hence strong, powerful, firm," from robur, "oak."
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