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rumpus

[ruhm-puh s]
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noun, plural rum·pus·es.
  1. a noisy or violent disturbance; commotion; uproar: There was a terrible rumpus going on upstairs.
  2. a heated controversy: a rumpus over the school-bond issue.
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Origin of rumpus

First recorded in 1755–65; origin uncertain
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Related Words for rumpus

rhubarb, turmoil, disturbance, upheaval, fuss, discord, fracas, tumult, ruckus, commotion, pandemonium, uproar, hubbub, hullabaloo, hassle, noise, racket, outcry, brouhaha, donnybrook

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Historical Examples of rumpus

  • 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

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • She happened to be out, strolling in the garden, and heard the rumpus.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice

  • For heaven's sake, Mr. Carmody, remember where we are and don't raise any rumpus.

    The Straw

    Eugene O'Neill

  • Tex was with him when we had the rumpus with the Kiowas on the Canadian.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for rumpus

rumpus

noun plural -puses
  1. a noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion
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Word Origin for rumpus

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for rumpus

n.

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.

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