noun (plural rumpuses)• informal
- A noisy disturbance; a row: he caused a rumpus with his flair for troublemakingMore example sentences
disturbance, commotion, uproar, confusion, furore, brouhaha, hue and cry, ruckus, fuss, fracas, melee, tumult, riot, brawl, free-for-all, scuffle, struggle, altercation, quarrel; noise, racket, din, outcry; Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrook• informal to-do, carry-on, ruction, shindig, shindy, hullabaloo, hoo-ha, ballyhoo, dust-up, scrap, stinkScottish • informal stooshieNorth American • informal foofaraw, rough houseLaw , • dated affray• archaic broil• rare bagarre
- 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.
mid 18th century: probably fanciful.