Definition of rumbustious in English:



  • Boisterous or unruly.

    • ‘The best songs here follow their previous blueprint: rollicking, rumbustious blues-banjo riots.’
    • ‘There is a constant feeling of suppressed impatience from him, although every so often he breaks into a wheezy, rumbustious, infectious laugh.’
    • ‘Navy towns, as McKee reports, are no longer so rumbustious.’
    • ‘The atmosphere that prevailed was redolent of a Gainsborough studio set for a rumbustious period drama.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The good humour was infectious and the rumbustious crowd of students, boiler-makers, steelworkers, auto-workers and other union members stamped their approval.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everybody knows that the politician has a rumbustious temperament, I think journalists know that more than most.’
    • ‘Stravinsky originally conceived of the ballet as a modernist work - a rumbustious Joycean collage depicting a Russian village wedding.’
    • ‘Many rumbustious celebrations were held on this occasion!’
    • ‘Lord Hailsham was one of the most rumbustious politicians of his age.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rarely heard Loeffler work is a gem of beauty with a characteristically expansive opening and a rumbustious Russian dance as a Finale.’
    • ‘Again, Bruckner advances his tonal phrases upwards, an Austrian trait that delights the senses with rumbustious feelings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nothing in the work is more engaging than the start of the finale, where rumbustious high spirits reform into an infectious polacca.’
    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’.