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verb (used without object)
  1. to play or frolic in a lively or boisterous manner.
  2. to run or go rapidly and without effort, as in racing.
  3. to win easily.
  1. a lively or boisterous frolic.
  2. a person who romps.
  3. a quick or effortless pace: The work was easy, and he went through it in a romp.
  4. an effortless victory.

Origin of romp

1700–10; perhaps variant of ramp1 (v.); compare obsolete ramp rough woman, literally, one who ramps
Related formsromp·ing·ly, adverb


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1, 4. gambol.
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verb (intr)
  1. to play or run about wildly, boisterously, or joyfully
  2. romp home or romp in to win a race easily
  1. a noisy or boisterous game or prank
  2. an instance of sexual activity between two or more people that is entered into light-heartedly and without emotional commitmentnaked sex romps
  3. Also called: romper archaic a playful or boisterous child, esp a girl
  4. an easy victory
Derived Formsrompish, adjective

Word Origin

C18: probably variant of ramp, from Old French ramper to crawl, climb
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Word Origin and History for romp


1709, "to play, sport, frolic;" 1734, "piece of lively play;" perhaps a variant of ramp (v.); but cf. romp (n.). Meaning "to win (a contest) with great ease" first attested 1888. Related: Romped; romping.


1734, "piece of lively play," from romp (v.). From 1706 as "a wanton girl" (probably a variant of ramp (n.2)).

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