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.
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How to use rumpus in a sentence
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
And despite what he said about his legacy, his wild rumpus will never end.Maurice Sendak Is Remembered Fondly by Author and Filmmaker William Joyce | William Joyce | May 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
His work has also appeared at The rumpus, The Millions, and The Washington Independent Review of Books.
Both sides behaved themselves almost as grownups, when it would have been easier to descend into a school yard rumpus.
He came to the top of the stairs with a lamp in his hand, and wanted to know what the rumpus was about.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
We knew that all he wanted was to get out on deck, and then there would be the tallest kind of a rumpus.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
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
I suppose now that papa is having a rumpus with Mr. Thatcher I shall never see him any more.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
They found out we were seeing each other secretly, and they made a rumpus about it.Frank Merriwell's Bravery | Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for rumpus
a noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion
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