\ 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 Doug McDermott equaled a career high of 31 points, and the Pacers set a franchise record for points in one game in a 152-95 road romp over the Oklahoma City Thunder. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "In Domantas Sabonis' return, Pacers win by scoring a record 152 points," 2 May 2021 The book is a self-aware, nostalgic romp — overly studious Allison goes to school with food poisoning rather than miss a test, and barely makes time to study for her driver’s license., "YA authors Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka on Harvard and high school love," 20 Apr. 2021 College baseball: Shortstop Keshawn Ogans, who was hitting .154, went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs as Cal (13-7) won its Pac-12 opener in a 9-0 romp at Utah (4-12, 1-3). Staff And News Services, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sergio Garcia uses ace to prevail in match-play tournament," 26 Mar. 2021 Mary who helped take his basketball team on a three-day MAC Tournament romp to advance to the NCAA Tournament. cleveland, "Champions in their Athens solitude, Ohio Bobcats carry confidence into NCAA matchup vs. Virginia," 18 Mar. 2021 Swiss Skydiver’s stirring victory in the Preakness hardly connected to Tiz the Law’s romp in the Belmont Stakes 3 1/2 months earlier. Childs Walker,, "Five storylines to watch for the 2021 Kentucky Derby," 25 Apr. 2021 More joyful tears were shed when the family walked out of Bankers Life Fieldhouse following the Bruins’ 67-47 romp over Abilene Christian in the second round, securing the team’s first trip to a regional semifinal since 2017. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA parents’ love penetrates the bubble in Indianapolis," 24 Mar. 2021 Their seasons are expected to air in summer 2021 and fall 2021, respectively, and will be separated by a horny romp of Bachelor in Paradise. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Katie Thurston and Michelle Young Will Whip Men Into Shape With Back-to-Back Bachelorette Seasons," 15 Mar. 2021 Life Is Good backed up his position as a top contender for the Kentucky Derby with an impressive eight-length romp in Saturday’s $300,000, Grade 2 San Felipe at Santa Anita Park. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Bob Baffert's Life Is Good romps in San Felipe; Helium, Weyburn win other Derby preps," 7 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rehoboth, in Delaware, met the criteria, especially since pooches can romp in the sand and trot the boardwalk, and people can pedal the boards any time of day in the offseason. Washington Post, "Renting a vacation home for the first time? Don’t take anything for granted.," 22 Apr. 2021 The Supra feels solid on the road, and is a blast to romp around in. Jason Fogelson, Forbes, "2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 Versus 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Which Car Should You Buy?," 12 Apr. 2021 The park's Runyon Canyon Trail is a 2.7-mile loop with views over the city and plenty of space for your pup to romp around. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Dog-friendly Hikes in the U.S. — From Easy Loops to Tougher Treks," 10 Apr. 2021 Two of her young grandchildren romp around her house, sometimes calling California’s governor names. Los Angeles Times, "A one-woman watchdog torments the far right in deep-red Northern California," 15 Mar. 2021 Get engaged in a story, romp through a new world and let your mind build a house there. Barton Goldsmith, Star Tribune, "Five tips for lightening your mood," 12 Mar. 2021 Frank Sinatra does his best Humphrey Bogart impersonation in this swinging 1960s romp through Miami. Globe Staff,, "Sun, sand, and celluloid. These movies will transport you to Florida this winter," 3 Feb. 2021 And this new wave of Longhorns was more than up to the task, shaking off a mid-game malaise to romp past Colorado, 55-23, in the Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome. Nick Moyle,, "Longhorns Extra Points: No 20 Texas 55, Colorado 23," 30 Dec. 2020 And in Green Bay’s romp the previous way, Aaron Rodgers threw for four TDs. Mark Heim |, al, "Texans vs. Bears live stream (12/13): How to watch NFL Week 14 online, TV, time," 13 Dec. 2020

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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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15 May 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.
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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