- 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
Examples from the Web for rumpus
Novelist Stephen Elliot launched his club two years ago through The Rumpus, the online culture magazine that he founded.How Book Clubs Went Indie: The Success of Emily Books, The Nervous Breakdown & More
September 13, 2012
His work has also appeared at The Rumpus, The Millions, and The Washington Independent Review of Books.Must Read Novels
Lucy Scholes, John Wilwol, Randy Rosenthal, Nina MacLaughlin
August 4, 2011
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</p>
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
She happened to be out, strolling in the garden, and heard the rumpus.Nell, of Shorne Mills</p>
For heaven's sake, Mr. Carmody, remember where we are and don't raise any rumpus.The Straw
Tex was with him when we had the rumpus with the Kiowas on the Canadian.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
- a noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion
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.