Definition of rumpus in English:


Syllabification: rum·pus
Pronunciation: /ˈrəmpəs

noun (plural rumpuses)

[usually in singular] informal
  • A noisy disturbance; a commotion: he caused a rumpus with his flair for troublemaking
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    • That was a genuine abuse of her position, yet it caused less of a fuss than the present rumpus.
    • He recalled: ‘There had been a bit of a rumpus going on and then I heard him shouting for help.’
    • Perhaps mindful of the rumpus which had occurred between them the previous day, the referee warned him three times for not making enough effort to allow his opponent a clear view of the ball.
    commotion, disturbance, hubbub, uproar, furor, fracas
    informal to-do, hullabaloo, hoo-ha, ballyhoo, stink, foofaraw


mid 18th century: probably fanciful.

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