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

Examples from the Web for romped

Contemporary Examples of romped

Historical Examples of romped

  • He got other boys to do his exercises for him, while he romped and scrambled about.


    Samuel Smiles

  • You forget I was but a bairn when we romped in the hay-dash.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • They romped, like boys playing leap-frog or follow-my-leader.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Canterbury, having cheered the victor wholeheartedly, romped home.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Nan had romped and played in and about the cottage all her life.

British Dictionary definitions for romped


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 romped



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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper