noun, plural rum·pus·es.
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|Maura Kelly|September 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
His work has also appeared at The Rumpus, The Millions, and The Washington Independent Review of Books.
"Elizabeth and her mother has had some sort of a rumpus," declared Esther.Fair Harbor|Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Each day I resolved more emphatically to make no rumpus when I got out.The Road|Jack London
I yelled to my guide, "Such a rumpus and row I never saw; it is chaos come again!"The Gate of Appreciation|Carleton Noyes
“Say, what are you two making such a rumpus about,” Laura stuck her head in through the door.Nan Sherwood on the Mexican Border|Annie Roe Carr
Things are apt to tighten, and I don't like a rumpus in the dark.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for rumpus
noun plural -puses
Word Origin for rumpus
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.