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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
In fact, the diamond capital of the world is somewhat of an undiscovered gem, with plenty of cool and culture for a weekend romp. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 Showing an ability to make plays in a variety of ways, Garbers led the No. 25 Bruins to a 42-7 romp over the Cardinal at Stanford Stadium that also featured more sturdy defense from a unit that is making a case to be one of the best in school history. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2023 Four players rush for more than 100 yards as Alabama sets three NCAA records during a 77-6 romp of Virginia Tech. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Merchant’s retelling of the Luddite cause is a gripping and detailed romp. WIRED, 22 Oct. 2023 Lily, Herman and Grandpa all return with the help of some horror legends like Dee Wallace and Cassandra Peterson — better known as Elvira — to bring the wacky romp back to life in vibrant color. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 Instead, the Knights have followed a two-game lapse with three consecutive wins, including a convincing 27-0 romp over Ramona in a pivotal Palomar League clash Friday night at San Marcos. Rick Hoff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2023 Joe’s pick: Georgia 33, South Carolina 14 Pro says: Bulldogs rattled Spencer Rattler last year in a 48-7 romp. Joseph Goodman |, al, 14 Sep. 2023 For the Hurricanes, the win gives the Mario Cristobal era a huge boost; for the Aggies, this erases a lot of the good vibes that came out of a season-opening romp against New Mexico. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023
Some of those worries were tempered by the results of Tuesday’s election, when Democrats romped to victory in Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Seung Min Kim, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023 Advertisement So, after that San Diego outing — in which a fiery Miller romped off the mound after escaping several early jams, but also seemed to run out of gas in early innings — Roberts and Lynn had conversations with the 24-year-old pitcher. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 Kyle Schwarber homered twice and Trea Turner once off him and the Phillies romped 10-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 While her country was in shambles, she was caught romping in the infamous New York nightclub Studio 54—which Byrne has credited as the inspiration for the discotheque setting of his musical. Time, 27 July 2023 While candidates backed by Trump struggled in the 2022 midterms, DeSantis romped to victory, winning by nearly 20 points. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 22 Sep. 2023 In our hands, the current GTI with dual-clutch automatic romped to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds–0.7 quicker than a last-gen Rabbit GTI edition with the automatic. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, 21 Aug. 2023 His young grandchildren romped around the theater floor as longtimers from Detroit’s rock scene gathered nearby, including some who were scheduled to perform during the 11-hour tribute. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 12 Aug. 2023 Top 12 splash pads to try this summer: A guide Your dining guide to a dozen metro Phoenix steakhouses 'The Flash' is a romping good time, if a little lost Is this beloved downtown bar closed? Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 13 June 2023 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 30 Nov. 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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