Definition of rumpus in English:

Share this entry

rumpus

Pronunciation: /ˈrʌmpəs/

noun (plural rumpuses)

informal
A noisy disturbance; a row: 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.
Synonyms
noise, racket, din, outcry;
Irish , North American , & Australian  donnybrook
informal to-do, carry-on, ruction, shindig, shindy, hullabaloo, hoo-ha, ballyhoo, dust-up, scrap, stink
British informal row, kerfuffle
Scottish informal stooshie
North American informal foofaraw, rough house
Law , dated affray
archaic broil
rare bagarre

Origin

Mid 18th century: probably fanciful.

Words that rhyme with rumpus

compass, encompass

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: rum¦pus

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.