rum·​pus | \ˈrəm-pəs \

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

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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 A virtual rumpus room of toys, games, books, clothing, and furniture, the show proves an old adage: Small is beautiful. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Tiny Furniture," 16 Nov. 2012 Amid the rumpus over jobs, Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of electronics and information technology met with industry leaders June 18. Vidhi Doshi,, "The high-tech jobs that created India's gilded generation are disappearing," 25 June 2017 Amid the rumpus over jobs,Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of electronics and information technology met with industry leaders June 18. . Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "The high-tech jobs that created India’s gilded generation are disappearing," 24 June 2017 The rumpus, first reported by The Washington Post, has national security, intelligence and international implications that White House attempts to knock down the story on Monday night conspicuously failed to address. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Why the latest White House crisis is a really big deal," 16 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of rumpus

: a noisy argument, fight, etc.


rum·​pus | \ˈrəm-pəs \

Kids Definition of rumpus

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

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