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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 Without the rumpus of an internal combustion engine, wind roar and tire slap sound all the louder. Brett Berk, Wired, "BMW's i4 Electric Concept Comes With a Hans Zimmer Score," 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, "Wall Street worries that Trump may have oversold the likelihood of a China trade deal," 11 Nov. 2019 Give your children Sendak, and let the wild rumpus begin. Daniel Ross Goodman, National Review, "The Haunting Magic of Maurice Sendak," 21 Sep. 2019 The rumpus encapsulated the trick that several Gulf states are trying to pull off. The Economist, "The unlikely rise of book fairs in the Gulf," 4 July 2019 But that was due to change even before the rumpus over Cambridge Analytica. The Economist, "Britain moves to rein in data-analytics," 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, "From Seattle to Vancouver: See how Rialto the otter, once near death, is thriving," 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, "Where did your pay raise go? It may have become a bonus," 11 Feb. 2018 A center island divides the kitchen from a living/rumpus room. Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "House Hunting in . . . Auckland, New Zealand," 11 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of rumpus

1745, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rumpus

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The first known use of rumpus was in 1745

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“Rumpus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rumpus

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


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Kids Definition of rumpus

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

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