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[rom-per] /ˈrɒm pər/
a person or thing that romps.
Usually, rompers. (used with a plural verb)
  1. a loose, one-piece garment combining a shirt or blouse and short, bloomerlike pants, worn by young children.
  2. a similar garment worn by women and girls for sports, leisure activity, etc.
Origin of romper
1835-40; romp + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Evidently the starch in Waterloo's rompers had driven away romance.

    At the Age of Eve Kate Trimble Sharber
  • "You in rompers I'd like to see," Kenny snorted in his turn.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Cuffs—making and applying to nightgowns, baby slips, rompers, and house dresses.

    The Making of a Trade School Mary Schenck Woolman
  • She and Dave Shepard had been good chums since they were both in rompers.

    Wyn's Camping Days Amy Bell Marlowe
  • If it does break before you get home it will rain hard and his rompers won't be any protection at all.

    Ethel Morton at Rose House Mabell S. C. Smith
  • They can't seem to be coexistent citizens, and they have been fighting this way since they both had on rompers.

    Over Paradise Ridge Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Put a clean pair of rompers on the young fellow and let's go!

    Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne
  • A child of four, in rompers, pushing a little wheelbarrow of pebbles along garden-paths.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • "I feel as though I ought to be in rompers the way you talk," said the Tucker twin, but he laughed.

British Dictionary definitions for rompers


plural noun
a one-piece baby garment consisting of trousers and a bib with straps
(NZ) a type of costume worn by schoolgirls for games and gymnastics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rompers



1842, agent noun from romp (v.). Rompers "small children's overalls" first recorded 1909, on model of trousers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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