rum·​pus | \ ˈrəm-pəs How to pronounce rumpus (audio) \

Definition of rumpus

: a usually noisy commotion

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Examples of rumpus in a Sentence

the kids made such a rumpus that they woke up everyone else in the house
Recent Examples on the Web The growing presence of the boars has sparked a rumpus in local discourse. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Without the rumpus of an internal combustion engine, wind roar and tire slap sound all the louder. Brett Berk, Wired, 28 Mar. 2020 As of last Friday, our senior level contacts in both governments were still discussing venues for a presidential meeting to sign an agreement, so this latest rumpus comes as a surprise. NBC News, 11 Nov. 2019 Give your children Sendak, and let the wild rumpus begin. Daniel Ross Goodman, National Review, 21 Sep. 2019 The rumpus encapsulated the trick that several Gulf states are trying to pull off. The Economist, 4 July 2019 But that was due to change even before the rumpus over Cambridge Analytica. The Economist, 28 Mar. 2018 Seattle fans can always keep in touch with Rialto’s rumpus — watchable on the aquarium’s sea otter cam. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, 24 Mar. 2018 The recent stock market rumpus has been set off in part by fears that a tight labor market and quickening wage growth are a foretaste of higher inflation and interest rates. Author: Patricia Cohen, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rumpus

1745, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rumpus

origin unknown

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16 Apr 2021

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“Rumpus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rumpus

chiefly British, informal : a noisy argument, fight, etc.


rum·​pus | \ ˈrəm-pəs How to pronounce rumpus (audio) \

Kids Definition of rumpus

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

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