Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[ruhm-puh s] /ˈrʌm pəs/
noun, plural rumpuses.
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.
Origin of rumpus
1755-65; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for rumpus
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • 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
  • But when his eyes fell upon Bob Hunter, he readily jumped at the conclusion that he alone had caused the rumpus.

    The Boy Broker Frank A. Munsey
  • She happened to be out, strolling in the garden, and heard the rumpus.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • And I want that gun the worst kind, because, if theres going to be any sort of rumpus Ill need it.

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

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • But a real determined stock-holder can stir up a devil of a rumpus over nothing, asserted the doctor.

    The Best Policy Elliott Flower
  • 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


noun (pl) -puses
a noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for rumpus

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for rumpus



A disturbance; uproar; ruckus

[1764+; origin unknown]

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

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rumpus

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rumpus

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for rumpus