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

Definition of rumpus

: a usually noisy commotion

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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First Known Use of rumpus

1745, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rumpus

origin unknown

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2 Aug 2022

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“Rumpus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of rumpus

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

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