Definition of rumpus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrəmpəs/

noun (plural rumpuses)

[usually in singular] informal
A noisy disturbance; a commotion: he caused a rumpus with his flair for troublemaking
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with rumpus

compass, encompass

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Syllabification: rum·pus

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