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romp

[romp] /rɒmp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to play or frolic in a lively or boisterous manner.
2.
to run or go rapidly and without effort, as in racing.
3.
to win easily.
noun
4.
a lively or boisterous frolic.
5.
a person who romps.
6.
a quick or effortless pace:
The work was easy, and he went through it in a romp.
7.
an effortless victory.
Origin of romp
1700-1710
1700-10; perhaps variant of ramp1 (v.); compare obsolete ramp rough woman, literally, one who ramps
Related forms
rompingly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 4. gambol.
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  • She treats us all alike; sings when we ask her to; always ready for a romp.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • On the other hand, the instinct to romp and play is less permanent.

    The Mind and Its Education George Herbert Betts
  • A circle of 12-year-olds desisted from their romp to watch the sweet lady approaching them.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • The startled Children ceased their romp and dared not move a limb.

    The Blue Bird for Children Georgette Leblanc
  • Catastrophic noises resounded in the loft; volcanoes seemed to romp upon the stairway.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for romp

romp

/rɒmp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to play or run about wildly, boisterously, or joyfully
2.
romp home, romp in, to win a race easily
noun
3.
a noisy or boisterous game or prank
4.
an instance of sexual activity between two or more people that is entered into light-heartedly and without emotional commitment: naked sex romps
5.
(archaic) Also called romper. a playful or boisterous child, esp a girl
6.
an easy victory
Derived Forms
rompish, adjective
Word Origin
C18: probably variant of ramp, from Old French ramper to crawl, climb
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Word Origin and History for romp
v.

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.

n.

1734, "piece of lively play," from romp (v.). From 1706 as "a wanton girl" (probably a variant of ramp (n.2)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for romp

romp

noun

A fight, esp between street gangs; rumble (1960s+ Street gang)

verb

: The gangs romped on Thursday

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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