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What word describes teenagers who are ruthlessly energetic? - I'm thinking of the word "Vibrant", but it doesn't fit well. The goal is to describe a group of teenagers who are partying nonstop.

I doubt the word should be positive. A negative can work.

A sentence with the word should go like this:

Your approach to addressing those teenagers was not tactful enough, you spoke to them forcefully, and that's why they couldn't stop partying even after your warning. These are ______ teenagers and need to be addressed with care to get a good response from them.

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    Should it be a positive word or a negative word? Commented Apr 17, 2023 at 16:40
  • Are you simply looking for an intensifier to apply to the adjective energetic? (where ruthlessly doesn't really work). If so, please explain why you don't want to use a standard intensifier such as very, extremely, exceptionally, intensely,... If not, what additional meaning is the sought word supposed to confer on energetic? Commented Apr 17, 2023 at 17:12
  • Delinquent? Irresponsible? Amoral? Hedonistic? Destructive? Wired? Drug-crazed? Nihilistic? Party-loving? Selfish? Thoughtless? Wild? Wolfish? Greedy? Nietzschean? Animalistic? Evil? Noisy? Try and be specific.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Apr 17, 2023 at 22:04

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Though this doesn't have the 'energetic' part of your request explicitly, it does have the 'wild' part of it. I'd like to suggest rowdy.

If you’re rowdy, you’re loud and raucous. You’re disturbing the peace and somebody’s likely to ask you to quiet down.

adj.: disturbing the public peace; loud and rough

“rowdy teenagers” (Vocabulary.com)

noisy and seeming likely to become violent (Cambridge)

behaving in a noisy rough way that is likely to cause arguments and fighting (Longman)

The example from Vocabulary.com actually uses 'teenagers,' and here are a number of other instances of "rowdy teenagers" in books.

It also uses the word 'raucous,' which is relevant. Per Britannica, to be 'raucous' means that one is

behaving in a very rough and noisy way

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One word (or rather phrase) would be out of control, defined by TfD as:

Reckless or wild; in an unruly or unmanageable state or manner.

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    Rambunctious, perhaps.
    – Xanne
    Commented Apr 18, 2023 at 8:59

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