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.
mid 18th century: probably fanciful.