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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ruhf and tuhm-buh l]
    • /rʌf ænd ˈtʌm bəl/
    • /rʌf ənd ˈtʌm.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ruhf and tuhm-buh l]
    • /rʌf ænd ˈtʌm bəl/

Definitions of rough-and-tumble word

  • adjective rough-and-tumble characterized by violent, random, disorderly action and struggles: a rough-and-tumble fight; He led an adventuresome, rough-and-tumble life. 1
  • adjective rough-and-tumble given to such action. 1
  • noun rough-and-tumble rough and unrestrained competition, fighting, struggling, etc. 1
  • noun rough-and-tumble violent, disorderly struggle 1
  • adjective rough-and-tumble rough, disorderly 1

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Origin of rough-and-tumble

First appearance:

before 1785
One of the 44% newest English words
First recorded in 1785-95

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Parts of speech for Rough-and-tumble


rough-and-tumble popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 27% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data about 75% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for rough-and-tumble

adj rough-and-tumble

  • band-aid — A Band-Aid is a small piece of sticky tape that you use to cover small cuts or wounds on your body.
  • knockabout — Nautical. any of various fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessels having a single jib bent to a stay from the stemhead, no bowsprit being used: usually rigged as a sloop.

noun rough-and-tumble

  • horseplay — rough or boisterous play or pranks.

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