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ˈrämp How to pronounce romp (audio)
: one that romps
especially : a romping girl or woman
: high-spirited, carefree, and boisterous play
: something suggestive of such play: such as
: a light fast-paced narrative, dramatic, or musical work usually in a comic mood
: an episode of lovemaking
: an easy winning pace


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romped; romping; romps

intransitive verb

: to run or play in a lively, carefree, or boisterous manner
: to move or proceed in a brisk, easy, or playful manner
: to win a contest easily

Examples of romp in a Sentence

Noun The dogs love a good romp through the woods. The game turned into a romp in the second half. His latest film is a wildly amusing romp. Verb The kids were romping in the yard. the kids romped on the lawn until dinner was ready
Recent Examples on the Web
This is before the film becomes a parable of corporate greed, a biting commentary on income inequality and modern-day slavery, and a wild absurdist romp along the boulevard of genetic manipulation. Wilson Chapman, IndieWire, 16 July 2024 Following the immense success of Big Little Lies, the Oscar winner starred in the likes of The Undoing and Nine Perfect Strangers—the second season of which should hit screens soon—and is now revisiting this delicious subgenre once again with a new Netflix romp: The Perfect Couple. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 12 July 2024
Given the impressive level of showmanship and reliable musicianship on this run, there is always the possibility that the band will continue to romp across stages worldwide. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 10 July 2024 German Chancellor Olaf Scholz got an unwelcome wake-up call last month when what was once considered a fringe far-right party romped to second place in the country’s European Parliament elections. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for romp 

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Word History



partly alteration of ramp entry 5; partly alteration of ramp bold woman


alteration of ramp entry 4

First Known Use


1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of romp was in 1662

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Cite this Entry

“Romp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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: rough and noisy play : frolic


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: to play in a rough and noisy way

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