\ ˈrämp , ˈrȯmp\

Definition of romp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that romps especially : a romping girl or woman
2a : high-spirited, carefree, and boisterous play
b : something suggestive of such play: such as
(1) : a light fast-paced narrative, dramatic, or musical work usually in a comic mood
(2) : an episode of lovemaking
3 : an easy winning pace also : runaway sense 3


romped; romping; romps

Definition of romp (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Synonyms for romp

Synonyms: Noun

binge, fling, frisk, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, ploy, revel, rollick, spree

Synonyms: Verb

caper, cavort, disport, frisk, frolic, gambol, lark, rollick, sport

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Examples of romp in a Sentence


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.


The kids were romping in the yard. the kids romped on the lawn until dinner was ready
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The former party boy, who, before his engagement to Meghan Markle, often made tabloid headlines for his devilish romps near and far (in Las Vegas, to be exact), seems to have turned a new leaf. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019 The Tig, Meghan called the feel-good romp her favorite movie ever, Marie Claire reports. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle's Favorite Movie Is Reportedly "Bring It On"," 8 Aug. 2018 Investors would place at least $150 million into the company, people familiar with the matter say, in what would be the latest romp on a deal spree by the massive technology investing firm. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "SoftBank is in talks to invest in data storage company Cohesity at a $1 billion valuation," 13 Apr. 2018 First came the all-female Ghostbusters; then the naughty romp that was Ocean’s 8. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "What Men Want," 14 Aug. 2018 Here are some of the most luxurious celeb romps so far this summer. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "From Beyoncé to Gigi Hadid, these hot celeb summer vacations will make you jealous," 6 July 2018 In its way stands Sochaux, which sits seventh in Ligue 2 and will have to come up with the unexpected to halt PSG from another romp. Avi Creditor,, "How to Watch Sochaux vs. PSG: Coupe de France Live Stream, TV Channel," 6 Feb. 2018 One day after exploding for 13 runs in a romp over Philadelphia, the Milwaukee Brewers’ bats were mostly quiet Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Phillies 4, Brewers 1: A frustrating day with just 5 hits and some shaky pitching," 16 June 2018 The Rapper, Kehlani, YG, SZA and Migos, Cardi B’s 45-minute romp is easily the talk of the town in a year that has already seen some stellar rap albums. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Discovered From Cardi B's 'Invasion of Privacy'," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Martinez's side romped through qualification with nine wins from 10 games, scoring an astonishing 43 goals - with the former Everton man set to announce his final 23 man group on 4th June., "Radja Nainggolan Snubbed as Belgium Announce Premier League Heavy World Cup Squad," 21 May 2018 Both players were key members of the Brazilian side which romped to victory during the 2002 World Cup and Kleberson went on to make the move from Atletico Paranaense for £6m a year later., "Man Utd Flop Reveals How Ronaldinho Betrayed Him Over Old Trafford Move," 12 June 2018 It was scored, but the Norwegians still romped to an impressive 5-2 victory in Arnsberg., "Arsenal Winning Race to Sign Young German Star Kai Havertz Ahead of Premier League Rivals," 31 Mar. 2018 Republicans held their own for the most part in rural districts and Trump states from 2016, while Democrats romped in the cities. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Democratic House," 7 Nov. 2018 In 2008, Democrats held out vague hope that Democrat Jim Martin might be able to prevail in a runoff against Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and provide them with a valuable 60th Senate vote, but instead, Chambliss romped to a huge victory. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Why Stacey Abrams isn’t conceding yet," 7 Nov. 2018 At the conference prelims April 20, Lopez romped to a conference 10K championship in 32:09.20. Staff Reports,, "Sports Roundup: GCC women’s doubles team advances to state quarterfinals," 28 Apr. 2018 Mohamed Salah once again delivered a show-stopping performance for Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp’s side ruthlessly romped into a 5-0 lead against Roma on Tuesday night., "Steven Gerrard on Mohamed Salah: He's 'the Best Player on the Planet Right Now"," 25 Apr. 2018 Nearly two decades later, Belgium has arguably the most talented roster in the entire world, with players who dominate the English Premier League and have romped through this World Cup into Tuesday’s semifinal clash against France. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Professor Who Helped Make Belgian Soccer a World Power," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of romp


1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for romp


partly alteration of ramp entry 2; partly alteration of ramp bold woman


alteration of ramp entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of romp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an enjoyable time of rough and noisy play
: an easy victory
: an enjoyable and lively movie, book, play, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of romp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to play in a rough and noisy way
: to easily win a race, contest, etc.
informal : to move, go, or proceed in a quick, easy, or playful way


\ ˈrämp \
romped; romping

Kids Definition of romp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to play in a rough and noisy way



Kids Definition of romp (Entry 2 of 2)

: rough and noisy play : frolic

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