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[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
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British Dictionary definitions for rumpus


noun (pl) -puses
a noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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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.

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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.
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