\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

Dorsey turned in a career performance in a 37–14 romp of Nebraska, throwing for 362 yards and three touchdowns on an efficient 22-of-35. Ben Ladner,, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 Deer Park put six of its first seven batters of the game on the basepaths, sparking the team to a six-run explosion and an eventual 8-2 romp over Summer Creek in a decisive Game 3 at Jim Kethan Field. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park completes series comeback to capture bi-district championship," 5 May 2018 The 95-51 score against Oklahoma that ensued became the profoundest romp in all the Final Fours. Chuck Culpepper,, "An efficiency of movement: Villanova's offense takes over," 1 Apr. 2018 Well, yes, with Thompson down due to injury, Nance got the call in the Cavs' 112-90 romp of Detroit. Joe Vardon,, "Larry Nance Jr. has two weeks to win Cavaliers' starting center spot: Inside Cavs-Pistons," 8 June 2017 And reminiscing together about past experiences will not only pave the way for a romp in the hay, but will also reinforce the bond between you as a couple. Denise Schipani, Woman's Day, "9 Ways to Initiate Sex," 1 Dec. 2011 Hallgrimsson said, referring to its romp to the quarterfinals of Euro 2016. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Iceland Is Your New Favorite World Cup Team (and They Know It)," 15 June 2018 The Warriors blasted the Rockets in the second half when the 3s poured in, the Rockets' bogged down and the absence of Chris Paul became most conspicuous as the Warriors joyfully rolled to a 115-86 romp. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors blast Rockets in second half, force Game 7," 26 May 2018 Unlike his romp through the Derby, Justify had to gut this one out in the slop, finally putting away from Good Magic in deep stretch but also having to hold off Bravazo, who charged late but came up a neck short. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Justify wins muddy Preakness, heads to Belmont as Triple Crown contender," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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