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

  • n. A noisy clamor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A noisy, sometimes violent disturbance; noise and confusion; a quarrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A disturbance; noise and confusion; a quarrel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An uproar; a disturbance; a riot; a noisy or disorderly outbreak.

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

  • v. cause a disturbance
  • n. the act of making a noisy disturbance


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

Origin unknown.


  • “What?” he yelled back from what he called their rumpus room.

    Star Struck

  • He said he would speak to the captain about it after they arrived at the island, and that the steward's quarters should be searched and Doc questioned, but he doubted the advisability of making what he called a rumpus about it now, especially as Marjorie might be worried and he wanted her to get a good night's sleep.

    Isle o' Dreams

  • Hereupon Marble made what he called a rumpus in good earnest.

    Afloat and Ashore A Sea Tale

  • Quiet†fun in rumpus room or patio, on picnics, in areas closed to firearms!

    2006 October

  • Ah, so now I know ... where the wild rumpus is really going on ...

    We're looking . . .

  • We take such matters much less lightly today, as Mr. Mullan notes while recalling the rumpus surrounding "Primary Colors," the Clinton-based novel that Joe Klein initially denied writing, much to the subsequent anger of his fellow journalists.

    In All But Name

  • In the morning, I found that the cause of all the rumpus was a marriage that had taken place in the hotel; and the master and mistress being happy, the servants caught the joyous infection, and got the children to share it with them.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada

  • 'Noo yo'll not mak a rumpus, Davy,' he said, mistrustfully.

    The History of David Grieve

  • In the end the Great Budget Stramash of 2009 will most likely be forgotten and, to the extent history recalls the rumpus it will conclude that it was a no score draw.

    Spectator Live

  • The kind of rumpus that suggests that tufts of fur are flying as thick and fast as our all-too-common blizzards of late.

    Archive 2008-03-01


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  • growing up, the Rumpus room was an unfinished basement where people would play. Generally, the old couch, old beer fridge, old tv and game controllers would go there while the upstairs living room had the nice stuff.

    February 17, 2015

  • Good word. Came looking for etymology.

    February 17, 2015

  • rrrrrrrrrrrrRRRRRRUMPUS!

    August 19, 2008

  • To cloak our waking awe

    At this rare rumpus which no man can control

    from "Channel Crossing," Sylvia Plath

    April 14, 2008