\ 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

Brown finished with four catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens' 59-10 romp. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Ravens rookie Marquise Brown scores 2 touchdowns on first 2 NFL catches," 8 Sep. 2019 Kelly logged six scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks in the five-game romp. Jorge Castillo,, "Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly returns to Fenway Park as a visitor," 13 July 2019 In another's hands, the film could have easily turned into an over-sexed romp a la Showgirls or a weepy cautionary tale. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Hustlers Director Lorene Scafaria Made the Best Movie of the Year—Here's How She Did It," 13 Sep. 2019 Coming off the most impressive win of the season, a 19-5 romp over the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, fans are finally starting to notice. Joey Morona,, "Your interest in the Indians is sky-high and you’re starting to show it with your dollars," 16 Aug. 2019 Shendrion Martinus threw a four-inning no-hitter to lead Caribbean Region champion Pabao from Willemstad, Curacao, to an 11-0 romp over Cronulla, the Australian Region champion from Sydney. Tom Robinson / Special To The Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "LLWS: Coon Rapids/Andover players hit the rec center and theater after rainout," 15 Aug. 2019 Then came six basehits, all singles, turning this nailbiter into a romp over the course of just seven batters. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Synergy’s fifth-inning energy hands Mercedes High School pitcher win in 18U softball action," 25 July 2019 Fairfield, 1985 Class AAA Gary Yeatts’s Indians went a glowing 32-1-2, capping their run with a 16-1 romp over Lancaster in a semifinal and an 8-5 win over Lyndhurst Brush in the final. Mark Schmetzer,, "Glory Days: Which Cincinnati teams are among top high school baseball squads of all time?," 25 June 2019 In this case, maybe a little Hollywood magic could sand out some of the flaws in the book and turn it into an enjoyable cinematic romp like The Martian turned out to be. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "'Artemis' by Andy Weir Is Getting the Movie Treatment," 17 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Gareth Southgate's side romped to victory over the group's bottom side, to maintain their 100% start to their qualifying campaign, but the latest news has put a dampener on what was otherwise a fine night's work for the Three Lions., "Raheem Sterling Subject of Alleged Racist Abuse During England's Win Over Bulgaria," 11 Sep. 2019 Last week, the Racers (1-0) romped to a 59-20 victory over Pikeville, a tiny NAIA school. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Georgia vs. Murray State 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 7 Sep. 2019 Special effects were loaded into the production — laser lights, rising platforms, fireworks sprays, confetti and streamers — and the quintet romped among them with abandon. Mary Colurso |, al, "Does Birmingham still care about the Backstreet Boys? (Spoiler alert: Yes!)," 5 Sep. 2019 That’s because, after romping for a long time, earnings growth appears to be on the wane. Larry Light, Fortune, "More than Half of All Stock Buybacks are Now Financed by Debt. Here’s Why That’s a Problem," 20 Aug. 2019 Dana Keller noticed her dogs in the bleachers and not romping on the practice field at Reginald F. Lewis High School in northeast Baltimore. Tim Prudente,, "At trial, Baltimore prosecutors say jilted lover stabbed, strangled prom date on the football bleachers," 10 July 2019 Then, in the romping final movement of Telemann’s Quartet in A Major, the players seemed to throw all self-consciousness to the wind, with rewarding results. Globe Staff,, "Aston Magna festival explores the roots of the string quartet," 1 July 2019 East Central showed a quick-strike capability with Fike breaking out of a scrum and romping 53 yards for the game-tying touchdown on East Central’s third play of the next drive. Mark Schmetzer,, "Indiana high school football: East Central beats Lawrenceburg for third year in row, 30-12," 23 Aug. 2019 While the supermodel and Bachelorette fan favorite were romping about the Big Apple, Brown was in L.A. promoting the franchise at the Television Critics Association. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid and Tyler Cameron Reportedly Go on a Second Date—and Hannah Brown Speaks Out," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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