\ 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

Yet, Donna recalls fondly her youthful enthusiasm and various friends in their romp in the land of Greece, 21 years in the past., "Mamma Mia! energy captivates Regina Hall: Sun Messages," 16 June 2019 Woodland was at 9-under 133, beating by one shot the 36-hole record at Pebble Beach that Tiger Woods set in his record romp in 2000. Doug Ferguson,, "Gary Woodland leads the U.S. Open by 2 shots after 2 rounds," 14 June 2019 Woodland was at 9-under 133, beating by one shot the 36-hole record at Pebble Beach that Tiger Woods set in his record romp in 2000. Doug Ferguson,, "Gary Woodland sets 36-hole US Open scoring mark at Pebble Beach," 14 June 2019 Coach Jill Ellis swapped out more than half of the starters from the Americans' 13-0 romp against Thailand. Liz Clarke,, "US women’s national team’s joy is only rivaled by the exuberance of its fans," 17 June 2019 This year’s Fringe grab bag holds everything from family-friendly romps to edgy adult fare. Philip Brandes,, "Hollywood Fringe Festival kicks off three-week marathon of 400-plus shows," 14 June 2019 Testimony was followed by Lazarus, a thumping modern romp complete with Milly rocks and set to gospel house music. Mankaprr Conteh, Vogue, "The Alvin Ailey School Celebrates 50 Years With a Moving Gala Performance," 14 June 2019 This is a Székely Land team who were World Football Cup semi-finalists just 12 scant months ago – but the Armenians put on a true spectacle to romp to victory over the tournament second-favourites., "CONIFA European Football Cup 2019: 5 Upsets Which Defined the Tournament," 11 June 2019 The website, launched in 2012, remains a fizzy romp through various events and personalities, accented with bits of party lore and retro images. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How the Salonnière List of the Best Party Hosts in America Is Put Together," 21 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Seeing dogs and cats napping or romping together at the zoo can be a shock to some visitors. Alexis Gravely, WSJ, "What’s Cuter Than a Baby Cheetah? A Baby Cheetah With Its Puppy Pal," 28 June 2019 How the heck did a team with 8 players who are deemed worthy of playing in the MLS not romp to the USL title in 2018? Jay Brinker,, "Guest TML: The midseason awards for 2019 Bengals, Reds, UC, FC Cincinnati, Tiger Woods," 28 June 2019 Friday’s result: What a great way to start the last weekend of the Santa Anita meet as Awesome Heights romped home at 19-1. John Cherwa,, "Racing! The final weekend is upon us," 22 June 2019 But when the field hit the homestretch, Sir Winston moved out several paths, in front of Preakness Stakes winner War of Will, then romped to a one-length win. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Sir Winston wins Belmont Stakes to give trainer second Triple Crown race win this season," 8 June 2019 The concert-series closer for the second year in a row, Bryan went three songs over his seven-song set, but with all that romping, stomping and hip wiggles, who cared? Nancy Kruh,, "Luke, Carrie, Keith, Tim and More! The Stars Shine During CMA Fest's Epic Stadium Concerts," 11 June 2019 For seven seasons, Skarsgård avoided the sun to attain Eric’s vampiric pallor and romped among werewolves, shape-shifters and other supernatural species on the show. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "Alexander Skarsgård in His Element," 6 Sep. 2018 After romping the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games, the Golden State Warriors are in the midst of a dynasty worth preserving at all costs. Ben Ladner,, "Golden State Warriors Off-Season Preview: Kevin Durant Appears to Be a Safe Bet to Resign," 10 June 2018 The results certainly live up to that description, with Mayer romping through premade green-screen filters in pajama pants and a ratty purple hoodie. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "John Mayer's 'New Light' & 8 More Music Videos That Risked Using Green Screen," 24 May 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.
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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