(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. boisterous, pugnacious, quarrelsome. See irascibility.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. boisterous, noisy, obstreperous; see loud 2 , rude 2 , turbulent , unruly .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[ram BUNK shus]
unruly, disorderly, raucous, noisy.
Most two-year-olds are rambunctious.
SYN.: unruly, disorderly, raucous, noisy, unrestrained, wild, unmanageable, boisterous, *hyper, hyperactive.
ANT.: docile, well-behaved, quiet

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