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rumpus

[ruhm-puh s] /ˈrʌm pəs/
noun, plural rumpuses.
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
1755-1765
1755-65; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for rumpus'

rumpus

/ˈrʌmpəs/
noun (pl) -puses
1.
a noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for rumpus'

rumpus

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rumpus'

rumpus

noun

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.
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