\ 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, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, 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

And the first few minutes of Jill Oliver's vulgar, trashy, childish romp reveal unexpected layers of additional idiocy. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Adventures of Spirit Force Five," 12 July 2018 Becca and Garrett romp, frolic, flirt and recreate that one scene from From Here To Eternity while a cameraman zooms in on their hands touching PG-13 style. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Becca Hopes That Love Will Find Her in the Bahamas," 10 July 2018 Producing Artistic Director Kandie Carle has whittled the massive, four act extravaganza down to a 30-minute, four character romp. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 10 July 2018 No, unexpectedly, the toughest part of the 7.5-mile Dipsea, a topographically schizophrenic romp that was first run in 1905, could be mental. John Branch, New York Times, "Dipsea: A Trail Race Where ‘You’re Either the Hunter or the Hunted’," 13 June 2018 Domino, a 2003 miniseries that filled in the gaps in her origin, began as a relatively straightforward espionage romp and quickly spun out into something truly wild. Chris Sims, The Verge, "Domino deserves a spinoff film, and there are amazing comic stories to mine," 24 May 2018 Angelina would get the lead back to 10 points at 51-41, before the Ravens went on an 11-2 romp. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Ravens rally late for big road win in Lufkin," 3 Feb. 2018 In fact, many showgoers also opted to pay homage to the music legend in their own spangly, show-stopping ensembles befitting a romp at Studio 54—and certainly the after-party that went down on the top floor of the Marriott Marquis hotel. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," 24 Apr. 2018 Vincent and Parton transform it into a darting romp grounded in bluegrass –- the compilation's true sonic outlier. Elias Leight, Billboard, "Producer Frank Liddell Explains How Bernie Taupin Tested Him for the Elton John Country Tribute Album," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In what seemed to be a routine league encounter, Arsenal had romped to a 4-0 lead over lowly Newcastle after just 26 minutes, but complacency crept in., "6 Teams That Had Victory Snatched From Them at the Death," 18 June 2018 Vegas romped to a Pacific Division title and burned through the Western Conference bracket, losing only three times in its first 16 playoff games. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "The Washington Capitals, After Years of Frustration, Win the Stanley Cup," 7 June 2018 While Manchester City are set to romp to the Premier League title, the Reds could well win the Champions League - after thrashing the Citizens 3-0 in their quarter-final first leg., "Liverpool Boss Jürgen Klopp Emerges as Number 1 Target to Replace Zidane at Real Madrid This Summer," 8 Apr. 2018 In 2 1/3 innings, Greene allowed seven earned runs on seven hits as the Braves romped, 14-3. Marc Narducci,, "Tommy Greene recalls winning the NLCS clincher for '93 Phillies," 9 June 2018 Captain Nabil Fekir scored a superb goal as Lyon stayed on course for a return to the Champions League by romping to a 5-2 win at Dijon in Ligue 1 on Friday. Afp,, "Ligue 1 Recap: Lyon rout Dijon to close in on Champions League," 20 Apr. 2018 Bears have been frequently filmed romping around the community that straddles city and wilderness. CBS News, "Bear takes dip in California hot tub, drinks margarita," 3 July 2018 Bears have been frequently filmed romping around the community that straddles city and wilderness. Alina Hartounian,, "Margarita-loving bear takes a dip in a California hot tub," 3 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.

: 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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