\ ˈrämp How to pronounce romp (audio) , 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 series has lined up top talent—including David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Frances McDormand, and Benedict Cumberbatch—to star in its Armageddon-themed romp. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Good Omens Is Getting a TV Adaptation Starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen," 18 Mar. 2019 Even at the tail end of a jet-lag-inducing romp of early morning runways and late night soirees, beauty statements felt intentional—even cinematic—thanks to an uninterrupted backdrop of Parisian cool. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty at Paris Fashion Week," 3 Oct. 2018 Here are the biggest takeaways from Xavier's romp over the 'Jays. Patrick Brennan,, "Takeaways: Xavier back in business after thumping Creighton," 14 Jan. 2018 Don't expect a lighthearted romp from there, however. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Kin: If you can’t pick your family, hopefully you can find space weapons," 1 Sep. 2018 With an unremarkable field shaping up to challenge him, Baffert’s big chestnut appears set for a romp. Childs Walker,, "Five storylines for Preakness 2018," 11 May 2018 The show is both a slapstick romp and a ruthless tragedy, in which even the Chechen gangsters get pulled into the mess of emotions. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "HBO’s "Barry" refreshes elements of noir, as a hitman dreams of Hollywood.," 23 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For seven seasons, Skarsgård avoided the sun to attain Eric’s vampiric pallor and romped among werewolves, shape-shifters and other supernatural species on the show. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "Alexander Skarsgård in His Element," 6 Sep. 2018 After romping the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games, the Golden State Warriors are in the midst of a dynasty worth preserving at all costs. Ben Ladner,, "Golden State Warriors Off-Season Preview: Kevin Durant Appears to Be a Safe Bet to Resign," 10 June 2018 The results certainly live up to that description, with Mayer romping through premade green-screen filters in pajama pants and a ratty purple hoodie. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "John Mayer's 'New Light' & 8 More Music Videos That Risked Using Green Screen," 24 May 2018 Growing up on one of Virginia’s great plantations, Henry Lee III romped his way through the Greek and Roman classics. Alan Pell Crawford, WSJ, "‘Light-Horse Harry Lee’ Review: Wedded to His Sword," 3 Feb. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce romp (audio) \
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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