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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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  • I was prepared to carry her off if she refused, but I was ill prepared for the rumpus that this quiet-looking woman kicked up.

    A Little Union Scout Joel Chandler Harris
  • There is too much hullaballoo in all that, too much riot and rumpus.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • But when his eyes fell upon Bob Hunter, he readily jumped at the conclusion that he alone had caused the rumpus.

    The Boy Broker Frank A. Munsey
  • What do you think is the meaning of that rumpus, Mr Blackburn?

  • And I want that gun the worst kind, because, if theres going to be any sort of rumpus Ill need it.

  • 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
  • But a real determined stock-holder can stir up a devil of a rumpus over nothing, asserted the doctor.

    The Best Policy Elliott Flower
  • She happened to be out, strolling in the garden, and heard the rumpus.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
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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