Definition of rumbustious in English:



  • Boisterous or unruly.

    ‘rumbustious football fans’
    • ‘The first half of the concert moved from 16th century recorder music, through Mozart, vocal chamber music, on to rumbustious wind sea shanties and then a lively string quintet.’
    • ‘The atmosphere that prevailed was redolent of a Gainsborough studio set for a rumbustious period drama.’
    • ‘While King Henry IV attempts to unite the warring factions making up his kingdom, his son Prince Hal prefers the rumbustious company of Sir John Falstaff.’
    • ‘Again, Bruckner advances his tonal phrases upwards, an Austrian trait that delights the senses with rumbustious feelings.’
    • ‘Everybody knows that the politician has a rumbustious temperament, I think journalists know that more than most.’
    • ‘The good humour was infectious and the rumbustious crowd of students, boiler-makers, steelworkers, auto-workers and other union members stamped their approval.’
    • ‘The large crowds at race courses and football matches, rumbustious but not often posing a real problem of public order, reflected a disciplined and orderly workforce.’
    • ‘Navy towns, as McKee reports, are no longer so rumbustious.’
    • ‘Slim, bald, and carefully courteous, he is the most understated Glaswegian you could meet, palpably different from the aggressively rumbustious salesmen that used to dominate the arms industry.’
    • ‘There are rumbustious animal fights and wrestling matches, and Holi is celebrated on horseback, on elephant back, on foot, in a whirl of shifting colours.’
    • ‘Lord Hailsham was one of the most rumbustious politicians of his age.’
    • ‘The best songs here follow their previous blueprint: rollicking, rumbustious blues-banjo riots.’
    • ‘Stravinsky originally conceived of the ballet as a modernist work - a rumbustious Joycean collage depicting a Russian village wedding.’
    • ‘The rarely heard Loeffler work is a gem of beauty with a characteristically expansive opening and a rumbustious Russian dance as a Finale.’
    • ‘Nothing in the work is more engaging than the start of the finale, where rumbustious high spirits reform into an infectious polacca.’
    • ‘The rumbustious humor, gleefully mixing sex, scatology and food, resembles Fellini at his most burlesque, while the hints of the surreal and the supernatural recall South American magic realism.’
    • ‘He encouraged us to read a great deal, too, especially the great rumbustious nineteenth-century French novels, for my father's temperament is for the romantic, the extravagant, the wild and poetic and beautiful.’
    • ‘There is a constant feeling of suppressed impatience from him, although every so often he breaks into a wheezy, rumbustious, infectious laugh.’
    • ‘Many rumbustious celebrations were held on this occasion!’
    boisterous, unrestrained, irrepressible, exuberant, uproarious, rollicking, roisterous, rackety, noisy, loud, clamorous
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Late 18th century: probably an alteration of archaic robustious ‘boisterous, robust’.