Meaning of rambunctious in English:


Pronunciation /ramˈbʌŋ(k)ʃəs/

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informal mainly North American
  • Uncontrollably exuberant; boisterous.

    • ‘a rambunctious tyke’
    • ‘Victoria Gottis is a divorced single mom raising three rambunctious little teens.’
    • ‘Most of the kids at the school were rowdy and rambunctious, but they knew not to mess with the principal.’
    • ‘It turned out we had a lot in common; we were loud, unpredictable and very rambunctious.’
    • ‘They are more rambunctious, they are more competitive, they are more likely to get in trouble.’
    • ‘Laila is blind, rambunctious, with a laser-sharp wit and a highly infectious laugh.’
    • ‘Clarence remains the most rambunctious of the two, Carl the most laid back, the philosopher.’
    • ‘There's no mistaking any of the songs here for easygoing Philly soul or rambunctious New Orleans funk.’
    • ‘Nearby a nanny was keeping her eye on the four rambunctious children.’
    • ‘Like him, it's a little loud and rambunctious, insatiably curious, and extroverted in nature.’
    • ‘This is very different from Michael Skakel back in 1975, who was by all accounts a very rambunctious kid.’
    • ‘So as soon as the tiny rambunctious Bastian came I was kicked out.’
    • ‘It's followed by one of the album's several rambunctious pop tunes.’
    • ‘His rambunctious, charismatic appeal does call to mind the scrappy sort of life force so present in American folklore.’
    • ‘Today, a normally rambunctious 10-year-old boy was brought to the office by his mother.’
    • ‘Zarle, by nature, was rambunctious and actively explored the woods.’
    • ‘Lewd, alcoholic, and rambunctious, she was a terror around the mining towns and military forts on the western plains.’
    • ‘It is the occasion for a rambunctious Carnival celebration that draws more than half a million people each year to Santo Domingo.’
    • ‘And that's what a rambunctious crowd is shouting about at a meeting on this spring evening.’
    • ‘She was a rambunctious girl of eleven full of curiosity and enthusiasm.’
    • ‘Despite a warning to follow me step by step, one of the young airmen was a little rambunctious and proceeded at his own pace.’
    boisterous, unrestrained, irrepressible, exuberant, uproarious, rollicking, roisterous, rackety, noisy, loud, clamorous
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Mid 19th century of unknown origin.