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Rumbustious, boisterous; rough, tough. Compare earlier "rifty tufty"informal and regional in later use.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in George Chapman (?1560–1634), poet and playwright. A reduplicative formation, in early use probably ultimately of imitative origin, although with later use perhaps compare rough, tough.
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