[ ruhm-puhs ]
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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.

Origin of rumpus

First recorded in 1755–65; origin uncertain

Words Nearby rumpus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rumpus in a sentence

  • 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


/ (ˈrʌmpəs) /

nounplural -puses
  1. a noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion

Origin of rumpus

C18: of unknown origin

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