Sally M (sallymn) wrote in 1word1day,
Sally M

Sunday Word: Rambunctious

rambunctious [ram-buhngk-shuh s]
1. difficult to control or handle; wildly boisterous
2. turbulently active and noisy:


Just because I don't like rambunctious play doesn't mean I want to sleep all the time! (Carolyn Wells, Marjorie at Seacote)

There had been no cowboys watching the steers, for the corral had always been strong enough to hold the most rambunctious. (Arthur J Burks, Lords of the Stratosphere)


C19: probably from Icelandic ram- (intensifying prefix) + -bunctious , from bumptious (Collins English Dictionary)

Rambunctious first appeared in print in 1830... did Americans alter the largely British 'rumbustious' because it sounded, well, British? That could be. 'Rumbustious,' which first appeared in Britain in the late 1700s, was probably based on 'robustious,' a much older adjective that meant both 'robust' and 'boisterous.' (Mirriam-Webster)

Tags: adjective, american, r, slang, wordsmith: sallymn

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