rambunctious

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A variant of rumbustious (boisterous and unruly).[1]

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rambunctious (comparative more rambunctious, superlative most rambunctious)

  1. (chiefly US, informal) Boisterous, energetic, noisy, and difficult to control.
    Synonyms: hyphy (slang), robustious, rumbustious, shandy (Northern England, Scotland), unruly, wild
    The kids are being especially rambunctious today.
    • 2002, Jeffrey Rowland, Wigu Adventures
      Mrs. Tinkle, your son’s rambunctious behavior is quite common in children with unusually high intelligence levels.
    • 2018 December 12, Charles Bramesco, “A Spoonful of Nostalgia Helps the Calculated Mary Poppins Returns Go Down”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 24 May 2019:
      She does the same thing as any parent worth their salt, and gets rambunctious youngsters engaged in daily drudgeries by refashioning the quotidian as adventure.

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