adjective Etymology: alteration of robustious Date: 1778 chiefly British rambunctiousrumbustiously adverb, chiefly Britishrumbustiousness noun, chiefly British

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  • rumbustious — 1778, an arbitrary formation (perhaps suggested by RUM (Cf. rum) (adj.) and boisterous, robustious, bumptious, etc.) from robustious …   Etymology dictionary

  • rumbustious — a chiefly BrE word meaning ‘lively or noisy’, is spelt ious, not uous …   Modern English usage

  • rumbustious — ► ADJECTIVE informal, chiefly Brit. ▪ boisterous or unruly. ORIGIN probably an alteration of archaic robustious «boisterous, robust» …   English terms dictionary

  • rumbustious — [rum bus′chəs] adj. [altered (? after RUM1) < ROBUSTIOUS] Chiefly Brit. rambunctious, boisterous, unruly, etc …   English World dictionary

  • rumbustious — [[t]rʌmbʌ̱stʃuəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A rumbustious person is energetic in a cheerful, noisy way. [BRIT] ...the flamboyant and somewhat rumbustious prime minister. Syn: boisterous (in AM, use rambunctious) …   English dictionary

  • rumbustious — rum|bus|tious [rʌmˈbʌstʃəs] adj full of energy, fun, and noise American Equivalent: rambunctious ▪ rumbustious football fans …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rumbustious — /rum bus cheuhs/, adj. Chiefly Brit. rambunctious. [prob. var. ROBUSTIOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • rumbustious — adjective boisterous and unruly Syn: rambunctious …   Wiktionary

  • rumbustious — rum|bus|tious [ rʌm bʌstʃəs ] adjective BRITISH RAMBUNCTIOUS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rumbustious —  Rumpelstiltskin …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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