verb (used without object)

to play or frolic in a lively or boisterous manner.
to run or go rapidly and without effort, as in racing.
to win easily.


Origin of romp

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

Synonyms for romp

1, 4. gambol. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (intr)

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
Derived Formsrompish, adjective

Word Origin for romp

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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