Definition of rambunctious in English:



North American
  • Uncontrollably exuberant; boisterous.

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