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rumbustious

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

/rʌmˈbʌstjəs/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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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