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rumspringa Syllabification: rumspringa
Pronunciation: /ˈro͝omspriNGə/

Definition of rumspringa in English:


(In some Amish communities) a period of adolescence in which boys and girls are given greater personal freedom and allowed to form romantic relationships, usually ending with the choice of baptism into the church or leaving the community.
Example sentences
  • Amish communities routinely practice the institution of rumspringa.
  • These teens rarely actually leave home during "rumspringa"—and certainly not to a big city to live with other, non-Amish teens.
  • It is called rumspringa and I had been in mine for three months.


From Pennsylvania German, literally 'to run around'.

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