Definition of romp in English:

romp

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Pronunciation: /rɒmp
 
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verb

[no object]
1(Especially of a child or animal) play roughly and energetically: the noisy pack of children romped around the gardens
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  • With all these demands on her time, plus kids and a dog romping through the yard, how does Stacie keep her garden beautiful enough to turn heads?
  • The adults can enjoy their feasting, drinking, the beach and sun while the children romp in the waters within eyesight.
  • We see herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plains, elephants romping in the distance, and breathtaking shots of mountains and valleys.
Synonyms
play, frolic, frisk, gambol, jump about/around, spring about/around, bound about/around, skip, prance, caper, sport, cavort
1.1 [with adverbial] informal Proceed without effort to achieve something: Newcastle romped to victory a 33-1 ‘no-hoper’ romped home
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  • The odds are that, whoever romps home to victory, there'll be plenty of laughs along the way.
  • In the second leg of the double header, Workers romped home for a 22-0 win.
  • When I told an acquaintance about a ten to one shot that romped home later in the day, I had no idea how much, if anything, that tip was ultimately worth to him.
Synonyms
sweep, sail, coast; win easily, win hands down, run away with it
informal win by a mile, walk it
1.2 informal Engage in sexual activity, especially illicitly: a colleague stumbled on the couple romping in an office
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  • He romped with just about every starlet on the scene, making a name for himself as a stud who brought out the best in his partners.
  • As far back as the Napoleonic Wars era, queers from London would leave their closeted lives to romp with the legions of soldiers billeted here.
  • His daughter has been caught on video romping with her latest lover on the stairs of a London nightclub..

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1A spell of rough, energetic play: a romp in the snow
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  • I quickly changed out of the white gown, and hung it up to dry, for it was partially damp due to my romp through the snow.
  • It's daughter Caroline's third birthday and a proud and happy little girl turns church-going into a gleeful romp.
1.1A light-hearted film or other work: an enjoyably gross sci-fi romp
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  • Hodges found the production chaotic but managed to ‘let go’, producing a lavish and enjoyable comic sci-fi romp.
  • In all actuality, this film is a light-hearted action romp that has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek.
  • The elements are present for a really good sci-fi cinematic romp but unfortunately the movie's screenplay holds the film back from achieving great things.
1.2 informal An easy victory: their UEFA Cup romp against the Luxembourg part-timers
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  • Brock scored four more goals in the third period to cap off the romp with three of those coming in the last five minutes of the game.
  • But England will take what they can from a 12-try romp against the hapless Canadians.
  • Vale of Lune made club history with a six try romp at Morley at the weekend.
1.3 informal A spell of sexual activity, especially an illicit one: three-in-a-bed sex romps
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  • As a homosexual, I would also be disapproving of promiscuous, illicit bathroom romps, simply because of the moral code by which I live.
  • The songwriter's lyrics are peppered with references to vampires, premonitions, smoke and mirrors, no strings attached sexual romps and Elvis rising from the dead.
  • The image does look as if these texts describe a harmless aristocratic sexual romp.

Origin

early 18th century: perhaps an alteration of ramp.

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