from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that romps.
  • noun A loosely fitted, one-piece garment having short bloomers that is worn especially by small children for play.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who romps or frolics.
  • noun nautical A ship that has moved far ahead of a convoy; see also straggler.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a one-piece garment for children to wear at play; the lower part is shaped like bloomers
  • noun a person who romps or frolics


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  • The most comfortable and easily laundered garment we know of for the small lad is the "romper," which should be made of washable materials that may be readily boiled.

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  • Maybe it's their similarity to baby clothes, or the fact that they have names like "romper" and "unitard", but it's hard to take something that's both pants and a shirt seriously.

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  • I have left the floral or print romper for last—and with good reason.

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  • The leather seats burned the back of my thighs and my back in the peach silk strapless romper I wore.

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  • Sent on their way: David Chum (waiter from Boston), Amanda Perna (squeaky-voiced girl who showed a romper as her signature look), Serena da Conceicao (who postponed getting married in Iceland to try out for the show -- and had tried out and been turned down ten years ago, ouch), and (bummer!!)

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  • The fact that this trend will almost certainly be short-lived is borne out by the fact that most of the florals are seen on "trend pieces"—big pants, romper suits, maxi dresses—all of which are fleeting rather than classic shapes with integrity.

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  • Check out Selena's romper below and tell us: should she send this look packing?

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  • Guess has, rather ironically given their image, always been good at the sweet virginal print—try their "Lou Lou" romper £89 in a black floral-print with a racer back.

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  • An unflattering, ruffled silver romper, however, I cannot abide.

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  • Zara Basic also has a black floral-print romper £29.99.

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