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[ruhm-buhs-chuh s] /rʌmˈbʌs tʃəs/
adjective, Chiefly British
Origin of rumbustious
1775-80; probably variant of robustious Unabridged
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  • 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


boisterous or unruly
Derived Forms
rumbustiously, adverb
rumbustiousness, noun
Word Origin
C18: probably a variant of robustious
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Word Origin and History for rumbustious

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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