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ˈrämp How to pronounce romp (audio)
: one that romps
especially : a romping girl or woman
: high-spirited, carefree, and boisterous play
: something suggestive of such play: such as
: a light fast-paced narrative, dramatic, or musical work usually in a comic mood
: an episode of lovemaking
: an easy winning pace


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romped; romping; romps

intransitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Junior Phekran Kong dominated the net with a career-high 11 blocks, four of which came during Louisville's romp in the winner-take-all fifth set. The Courier-Journal, 16 Dec. 2022 In last Wednesday’s romp over the Suns, for example, Mazzulla put Jaylen Brown back into the game to start the fourth quarter despite Boston’s 35-point lead. Adam Himmelsbach,, 13 Dec. 2022 The Seahawks have won the last three regular-season games played in the series, including a 40-7 romp in 2016, the last time the teams met in Seattle. Mark Heim |, al, 11 Dec. 2022 But don’t expect a lighthearted romp with boundless Jupiter in this intimate sector. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 30 Nov. 2022 Dallas’ own choral rock group pulls out all the stops for its 19th annual extravaganza, a fun-for-all romp in the historic Majestic Theatre. Dallas News, 18 Nov. 2022 The Astros are 113-56 this season, including a 7-0 romp through the American League playoffs. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2022 The Celtics started this seven-game home-stand by dropping consecutive games against the sub-.500 Magic, so there was some concern about a letdown following Sunday’s high-profile romp against the powerful Milwaukee Bucks. Adam Himmelsbach,, 27 Dec. 2022 With degrees in art history and environmental studies, the senior staffer at San Francisco’s Exploratorium was perfectly suited to deliver an artful romp through math and science. Megan Gambino, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Dec. 2022
Here’s to less itching, scratching, and licking and more time for your dog to run, romp, and rest. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 Wes Anderson is at it again, amassing another midnight coterie of character actors to romp through a 1950s that never was. Vulture, 20 July 2022 Directing duo The Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) turn an out-of-this world romp into a gutting story about family and intergenerational conflicts, all with maximalist style and laugh-out-loud humor. ELLE, 22 Dec. 2022 Davison, who signed a two-way contract with Boston last summer, had 4 points and 4 rebounds in just 6 minutes in Boston’s preseason romp over the Hornets Sunday. Adam Himmelsbach,, 4 Oct. 2022 BarkYard is an indoor-outdoor venue highlighted by a large turfed expanse where dogs play off-leash and romp on a water pad. Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2022 The list of performers who will romp through the extensive Motown hits list will be announced closer to the event. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2022 Hosted by the City of Broadview Heights, pups are invited to romp and play in the spray. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 26 Aug. 2022 With leashes unclipped, some of Logan Heights’ resident pups can now romp around freely for the first time at the new Memorial Dog Park, the first dog park created in the city south of state Route 94. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2022 See More

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Word History



partly alteration of ramp entry 5; partly alteration of ramp bold woman


alteration of ramp entry 4

First Known Use


1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of romp was in 1662

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Cite this Entry

“Romp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: rough and noisy play : frolic


2 of 2 verb
: to play in a rough and noisy way

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