\ 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

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 So begins the opening number of this golden age romp, adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name (and, before that, Jerome Robbins’s 1944 ballet Fancy Free). Marley Marius, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2021 This seven-episode adaptation of James McBride’s celebrated novel is a spirited, dramatic, and comic romp about the uphill battle of abolitionist John Brown, whose 1859 raid of the Harpers Ferry armory helped trigger the Civil War., 25 Oct. 2021 At this romp through the distant past, the Penn museum — home to Dr. Pat McGovern, of Dogfish Head’s Ancient Ales fame — everyone from a Mesopotamian queen to a modern archaeologist make an appearance. Tara Nurin, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Burrow finished with a career-high 416 passing yards in a 41-17 road romp. Jonas Shaffer,, 28 Oct. 2021 But try stopping Glendale Cactus quarterback Will Galvan. Poston Butte tried but couldn't last week when Galvan completed 19 of 26 for 233 yards and a school-record seven touchdown passes in a 54-6 romp. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 Notre Dame blew the game open in a 41-13 romp that has alarm bells ringing in Madison. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 26 Sep. 2021 That year, Escobar went deep both righty and lefty on June 10 in a 13-8 victory in Philadelphia, on July 17 in a 19-4 romp at Texas and on Aug. 3 in an 18-7 rout of Washington. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2021 Bryce Harper hit an early home run, Brad Miller connected twice and Jean Segura added a grand slam in Philadelphia’s road romp. San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The event was less a showdown over who will win the election on November 2, when Adams is expected to romp to victory, than a chance for the moderators and Sliwa to cross-examine the future mayor. Gregory Krieg, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 Visit on a weekday and it’s the quiet domain of skateboarders, strollers and nearby parents happy for a car-free zone where their toddlers can romp. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Led by a 1-2 finish from David Sliwinski and Ty Elliott, the Grizzlies placed four runners in the top nine to romp to the team title with a 74-point win over the runner-up Service Cougars. Anchorage Daily News, 26 Sep. 2021 In the aftermath of the profligate exercise — $276 million in tax dollars torched so Newsom could romp past his Republican opponents — there has been no shortage of calls to reform the recall. Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Chimpanzees and gorillas motivate others to romp by showing their upper and lower teeth in what primatologists refer to as a play face, which is comparable to human laughter. Caitlin O'connell, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2021 With Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo blocking three shots in a supporting role, USA Basketball rebounded from its opening loss to France to romp past Iran 120-66 Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics. Ira Winderman,, 28 July 2021 The playground, designed by Arch Garner, first opened in 1956 following the impetus of Hank Ketcham, the creator of the mischievous youngster in the comic strip. Let the kids loose to romp on several play structures and large slides. oregonlive, 5 July 2021 The old Southwest Conference rivals last met in the 2014 Texas Bowl, a 31-7 Razorbacks romp. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021

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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 5; partly alteration of ramp bold woman


alteration of ramp entry 4

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5 Dec 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.
: 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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