\ 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

Synonyms: Verb

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another romp at the hands of LSU came two years later, when LSU dominated, 45-10, despite missing three key players — defensive backs Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware — due to suspension. Tom Green |, al, 30 Sep. 2021 Alas, save for the pre-credit sequence and the fun first-act romp in Cuba (everyone is going to claim to want a Paloma spin-off), this feels closer in spirit to Spectre than Skyfall or even the rough-and-tumble Quantum of Solace set pieces. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Earlier legs tore through Europe (twice) in 2017 and 2018 before a stateside romp in summer 2019. Marc Schneider, Billboard, 27 Sep. 2021 The offensive outburst finished as a 63-10 romp that should give head coach Jim Harbaugh and coordinator Josh Gattis more confidence as the passing attack offers ballast to a run-first offense. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 18 Sep. 2021 Whatever the circumstances, Ericsson said that feeling of standing atop the podium in Detroit and taking a victory romp through the track’s fountain did something for his fire inside the car no amount of top-10s could. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Sep. 2021 The romp was the Giants’ sixth in a row, matching their season high and their eighth win in the past nine games. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 In all, the defining characteristic of Alabama's romp was the team's execution. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2021 The Chair is an elegiac variation on the campus romp. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Visit on a weekday and it’s the quiet domain of skateboarders, strollers and nearby parents happy for a car-free zone where their toddlers can romp. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Led by a 1-2 finish from David Sliwinski and Ty Elliott, the Grizzlies placed four runners in the top nine to romp to the team title with a 74-point win over the runner-up Service Cougars. Anchorage Daily News, 26 Sep. 2021 In the aftermath of the profligate exercise — $276 million in tax dollars torched so Newsom could romp past his Republican opponents — there has been no shortage of calls to reform the recall. Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Chimpanzees and gorillas motivate others to romp by showing their upper and lower teeth in what primatologists refer to as a play face, which is comparable to human laughter. Caitlin O'connell, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2021 With Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo blocking three shots in a supporting role, USA Basketball rebounded from its opening loss to France to romp past Iran 120-66 Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics. Ira Winderman,, 28 July 2021 The playground, designed by Arch Garner, first opened in 1956 following the impetus of Hank Ketcham, the creator of the mischievous youngster in the comic strip. Let the kids loose to romp on several play structures and large slides. oregonlive, 5 July 2021 The old Southwest Conference rivals last met in the 2014 Texas Bowl, a 31-7 Razorbacks romp. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021 Many people expanded their living space outdoors, to dine under the stars, read in a quiet corner of the yard and let the kids and dogs romp freely. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2021

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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 5; partly alteration of ramp bold woman


alteration of ramp entry 4

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18 Oct 2021

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“Romp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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