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[ruhm-puh s] /ˈrʌm pəs/
noun, plural rumpuses.
a noisy or violent disturbance; commotion; uproar:
There was a terrible rumpus going on upstairs.
a heated controversy:
a rumpus over the school-bond issue.
Origin of rumpus
First recorded in 1755-65; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • But the odds are against us, and there's no reason why you should be in the rumpus, Georgianna.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Elizabeth and her mother has had some sort of a rumpus," declared Esther.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • She happened to be out, strolling in the garden, and heard the rumpus.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • For heaven's sake, Mr. Carmody, remember where we are and don't raise any rumpus.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • Tex was with him when we had the rumpus with the Kiowas on the Canadian.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • They found out we were seeing each other secretly, and they made a rumpus about it.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • And we must be ready to fight, for that man will raise a rumpus.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • Mr. Pike got into the rumpus and put him to sleep with one on the jaw.

British Dictionary definitions for rumpus


noun (pl) -puses
a noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for rumpus

1764, of unknown origin, "prob. a fanciful formation" [OED], possibly an alteration of robustious "boisterous, noisy" (1540s; see robust). First record of rumpus room "play room for children in a family home" is from 1938.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rumpus



A disturbance; uproar; ruckus

[1764+; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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