- to play or frolic in a lively or boisterous manner.
- to run or go rapidly and without effort, as in racing.
- to win easily.
- a lively or boisterous frolic.
- a person who romps.
- a quick or effortless pace: The work was easy, and he went through it in a romp.
- an effortless victory.
Origin of romp
1700–10; perhaps variant of ramp1 (v.); compare obsolete ramp rough woman, literally, one who ramps
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1, 4. gambol.
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Examples from the Web for romp
Though they appeared gloriously unscripted in their on-screen debut, make no mistake: this was no first romp.Sunny’s Debut, Bo’s Bubble, and the Undogly Life of a Presidential Pet
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Hothouse by Boris Kachka A romp through the history of venerable publisher Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.This Week’s Hot Reads: August 5, 2013
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What would be amazing: The legend of RGIII grows: he avoids concussion and explodes in romp.A Guide to the NFL’s Wild-Card Weekend
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After a “hot affair” on set, they set off together for a romp around Europe.Speed Read Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Total Recall’: the 11 Juiciest Bits
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It was a pleasantly lush Dolce & Gabbana romp filled with shaped dresses, circle skirts, and bloomers.Ode to Joy: Dolce, Versace and Bottega in Milan for Spring 2013
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There is nothing like giving a romp credit for a little boldness.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Is it possible that you are nothing but a romp—nothing but a vulgar tomboy?The First Violin
Bennett joined him at the piano, and the two began to romp like schoolboys.A Day with Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Why, Morton or Johnson, the Oxford fliers, could romp round him.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Of course I wanted her, and so frequently my work gave place to a romp with her.A Daughter of the Middle Border
- to play or run about wildly, boisterously, or joyfully
- romp home or romp in to win a race easily
- a noisy or boisterous game or prank
- an instance of sexual activity between two or more people that is entered into light-heartedly and without emotional commitmentnaked sex romps
- Also called: romper archaic a playful or boisterous child, esp a girl
- an easy victory
C18: probably variant of ramp, from Old French ramper to crawl, climb
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Word Origin and History for romp
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