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.
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, & Australiandonnybrook
informal to-do, carry-on, ruction, shindig, shindy, hullabaloo, hoo-ha, ballyhoo, dust-up, scrap, stink
Scottish informal stooshie
North American informal foofaraw, rough house
Law, dated affray
mid 18th century: probably fanciful.