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Friday, August 25, 2006

Definitions for robustious

  1. Boisterous; vigorous.
  2. Coarse; rough; crude.

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Citations for robustious
. . .the robustious romantic figure comparable to John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility--he comes in with dash, then proves a temptation to the heroine but is an eventual disappointment. Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic
When the meaning of the disturbance became clear to him he placed a hand beside his mouth and shouted: "Hey! Frank!" in such a robustious voice that the feeble clamor of the natives was drowned and silenced. O. Henry, Cabbages and Kings
Origin of robustious
1540-1550
Robustious derives from Latin robustus, "oaken, hence strong, powerful, firm," from robur, "oak."