Definitions

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

  • noun A disturbance; a commotion.

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  • noun A noisy disturbance and/or commotion.
  • noun A row, fight.

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  • noun the act of making a noisy disturbance

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps blend of ruction and rumpus.]

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Recorded since 1890; probably a blend of ruction 'disturbance' and rumpus 'disturbance, fracas' (itself of unknown origin)

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