Definition of rambunctious in English:



North American
  • Uncontrollably exuberant; boisterous.

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