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Definition of "rumbustious" []

  • Uncontrollably exuberant; unruly: "Common to both his illustrations and his independent paintings . . . and lurking below their rumbustious surface, is a sympathy for the vulnerability of the ordinary human being” ( Christopher Andreae). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rumbustious" in a sentence
  • "Indeed no party has the kind of rumbustious everyman with the chutzpah to carry it off."
  • "Assumptions that the culprit was the Stoke City fan Malcolm Clarke, viewed by many of his peers in the FA council as its most rumbustious member, would be wide of the mark."
  • "The Savage Detectives is a rumbustious account of idealist anarchist poets which drew an international audience."