\ 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

Despite their owners’ fretting, Chubbs, Jack, Louie and all the other dogs appear unaware that their joyful morning romp has caused such a kerfuffle. Jessica Contrera,, "Maryland dog park divides the rich and powerful," 28 Aug. 2019 When the heat is on, nothing beats a romp through the water feature at Coppell Farmers Market, arguably the most kid-friendly market in North Texas. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Find spicy Hatch chile snacks, peak okra and other summer farm goods in Coppell," 27 Aug. 2019 But to James' credit, the negroni albicocca is a fragrant, bitter romp with analogous components: a base of gin and a swash of apricot liqueur, with Suze standing in for Campari and Pineau des Charentes taking the place of vermouth. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Fellow Osteria in Scottsdale is too interesting to ignore but too inconsistent to embrace," 16 July 2019 Hightower has gotten concussions from his romps in the ring. Susannah Bryan,, "Micro wrestlers are small but mighty: ‘I am no different from Hulk Hogan or the Rock’," 12 July 2019 Now, with a new look and a new title for his next big-screen romp, those plans are gaining ground. Nick Romano,, "John Turturro's The Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls set to strike in 2020," 8 July 2019 The Bulldogs have won six straight in the series that dates to 1893, including a 48-0 romp last season. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Central-Manual kicks off the top Louisville area high school football games for 2019," 26 July 2019 Eric Roth’s screenplay sands off the sharper edges of Groom’s novel, making the movie less of a wild adult romp and more of a family-friendly American fable. Noel Murray,, "Revisiting ‘Forrest Gump’ at 25 — what made it a cultural phenomenon," 2 July 2019 An adoring admirer might be in the mood for a romantic romp but there might be other things on the schedule. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for June 8, 2019: Just relax, Aries; Virgo, get organized," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One day in November, Luca watched intently while boys Reese and Grayson romped through the house with Jorgensen’s dog, labradoodle Brandi. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "A Kirkland mother’s anguished phone call brings help she never imagined," 9 Dec. 2018 The recent study, due to be released soon, suggests watching your beloved soccer team romp home to victory has a positive impact on your health, with spectators experiencing physical stresses equivalent to going for a brisk 90-minute walk. Ben Church, CNN, "It's official. Watching soccer can be good for your health," 11 Aug. 2019 The group was reportedly in town for the elite Google Camp in Sicily but spent their free time romping around the rustic town of Panarea and soaking up the sun (but not too much). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper Wore Sunscreen like a Beach Dad in Oprah's Presence," 6 Aug. 2019 In the 19-2 romping over the Rockies in Monday’s matinee, Crawford’s first home run of the day preceded Mike Yastrzemski’s sixth home run on the season. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Red-hot Giants pass another Wild Card hopeful, sweep doubleheader at Coors Field," 15 July 2019 Pedestrians scurried out of harm’s way during the brief escape as the longhorn romped across a street and through an open door at the Plaza of the Rockies., "News of the day from across the nation, Aug. 4," 3 Aug. 2019 The other two shots are the playful George, romping in the grass, that royals fans have come to love. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "So handsome! Prince George flashes toothy grin in new photos marking his sixth birthday," 21 July 2019 Kids can romp around on playground equipment, and everyone can enjoy live music. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pizza farms are a Wisconsin summer must-do," 18 July 2019 The animals sit in a sterile room, listening to the soft lullaby of a humming air-conditioning unit, waking up for meals or to romp about the cage. Andrew Nicla,, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 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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