Definition of romp in English:



  • 1 (especially of a child or animal) play roughly and energetically.

    ‘the noisy pack of children romped around the gardens’
    • ‘Through the window behind them, Princess and Red can be seen romping with their puppies.’
    • ‘We have a Southwest-style doghouse for our two huge Rottweilers, but they prefer to romp in, and tear up, our gardens.’
    • ‘We see herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plains, elephants romping in the distance, and breathtaking shots of mountains and valleys.’
    • ‘All was empty there in the ocean-breezed lot, save for some random piles of garbage and a cat or two romping through the lanes.’
    • ‘With all these demands on her time, plus kids and a dog romping through the yard, how does Stacie keep her garden beautiful enough to turn heads?’
    • ‘She continued to stare ahead, at the trees, at a pair of puppies and a little boy romping on the grass.’
    • ‘She finds that all the gates are closed, the platform is utterly deserted, the place is swarming with rats which are allowed to romp around the passenger concourses at night.’
    • ‘I saw the puppies romping in the backyard where I left him, but the troublesome tot was nowhere to be seen.’
    • ‘The kids can romp, listen to homespun Santa tales, and decorate a sweet country Christmas tree.’
    • ‘The dogs tramp around in the snow, chewing on their holiday treats, occasionally taking a break to bark at cars passing, while Mom's collection of cats romp in the discarded wrapping paper.’
    • ‘Families aren't having more children to fill up the extra space, so there's plenty of room for a Labrador to romp around.’
    • ‘We hopped out of the car, followed closely by Hero who promptly began romping in the green grass.’
    • ‘Millions are reliable family members we trust to romp with the children or enjoy a game of fetch in the backyard.’
    • ‘Together they romp with the animals of the African savannah, particularly the elephants and a trio of cheetah cubs.’
    • ‘A family garden needs space for kids to romp, very sturdy plants, and room for entertaining.’
    • ‘The adults can enjoy their feasting, drinking, the beach and sun while the children romp in the waters within eyesight.’
    • ‘He was almost sixty then, yet his body still was trim and powerful, and he loved to romp with us children in the sea.’
    • ‘Most children his age should have been romping around playing, breaking prize possessions then denying it profusely.’
    • ‘A small group wandered down to a spot on the river that looked like the local swimming hole where they romped around, diving and splashing and fishing.’
    • ‘She was right, but I so dearly wanted to be a normal child that could romp with my peers and have fun.’
    play, frolic, frisk, gambol, jump about, jump around, spring about, spring around, bound about, bound around, skip, prance, caper, sport, cavort
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    1. 1.1informal [with adverbial]Proceed without effort to achieve something.
      ‘Newcastle romped to victory’
      ‘a 33–1 ‘no-hoper’ romped home’
      • ‘In the second leg of the double header, Workers romped home for a 22-0 win.’
      • ‘When I told an acquaintance about a ten to one shot that romped home later in the day, I had no idea how much, if anything, that tip was ultimately worth to him.’
      • ‘You, by the way, romped home on 68%. Let's hope it starts to wake them up.’
      • ‘Ten favourites romped home in the 20 races during the three-day event including Best Mate 13/8 winner in the Gold Cup.’
      • ‘It has romped home in council by-elections since and expect the majority of the 3 per cent first-timers to vote with them.’
      • ‘In the election for a president in December 1848 Napoleon Bonaparte's nephew, Louis-Napoleon, romped home, leaving the republican candidates standing.’
      • ‘Javine put on a breathtaking performance of Touch My Fire, a sassy slice of bhangra-inspired dance pop that she co-wrote with John Themis, resulting in her romping to victory.’
      • ‘When the racehorse Galileo romped home to victory at the Epsom Derby two years ago, it wore the colours of millionaire owner John Magnier's wife, Sue.’
      • ‘In other games played West romped home 55 to 23 over Memo Rovers and then the break away Panthers team defeated their former team mates, Federal 43 to 25.’
      • ‘The odds are that, whoever romps home to victory, there'll be plenty of laughs along the way.’
      • ‘Trinidad and Tobago, whose skipper decided not to play, managed 106 runs in 30 overs and the British romped home in just 7 overs.’
      • ‘War films have always come under fire, if you will, for glorifying man's fight against fellow man, with the exception of Saving Private Ryan, which romped to critical acclaim with its no-holds barred portrayal of the great conflict.’
    2. 1.2informal Engage in sexual activity, especially illicitly.
      ‘a colleague stumbled on the couple romping in an office’
      • ‘He romped with just about every starlet on the scene, making a name for himself as a stud who brought out the best in his partners.’
      • ‘One thing is for sure, the more in shape you are, the better your ability to romp between the sheets - or wherever else you decide to get it on.’
      • ‘The Hollywood stars were famously rumoured to have romped in an elevator at Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont hotel.’
      • ‘It's been many years since these two adorable lovebirds romped in the waves and sand.’
      • ‘As far back as the Napoleonic Wars era, queers from London would leave their closeted lives to romp with the legions of soldiers billeted here.’
      • ‘I betcha he's been romping around with all those English girls over there.’
      • ‘Most people are aware of the instant gratification of romping in the sack, but few people realize the benefits that last even after the seats are returned to their upright position.’
      • ‘His daughter has been caught on video romping with her latest lover on the stairs of a London nightclub..’
      • ‘How about, Plan B will be you and me, romping on our brand new mattress.’
      • ‘Her marriage failed, she romped around with much younger men, and was seen at wild parties.’
      • ‘The Hollywood actor was alleged to have romped with the stunning actress in an elevator after last year's Oscars, and while he doesn't confirm the rumours, he claims they wouldn't have been the first people to do it..’


  • 1A spell of rough, energetic play.

    ‘a romp in the snow’
    • ‘I quickly changed out of the white gown, and hung it up to dry, for it was partially damp due to my romp through the snow.’
    • ‘It's daughter Caroline's third birthday and a proud and happy little girl turns church-going into a gleeful romp.’
    antics, pranks, larks, escapades, stunts, practical jokes, tricks, romps, frolics
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    1. 1.1A light-hearted film or other work.
      ‘an enjoyably gross sci-fi romp’
      • ‘Big stars in a fun romp of a movie directed with style and zest by one of the best film-makers working today.’
      • ‘The elements are present for a really good sci-fi cinematic romp but unfortunately the movie's screenplay holds the film back from achieving great things.’
      • ‘Step one is his novel, a hilarious romp intended to remind readers that the comic neurotic is also a talented writer.’
      • ‘The screen times get bigger and bigger, so now it's common for a movie to be two and a half hours, even if it's an action romp.’
      • ‘What it is going to be is a light-hearted, humorous romp - a clear labour of love by an author who is obviously a huge fan of the genre and comedy in general.’
      • ‘Given the title and director, I was expecting something grotty and disturbing, so I was pleasantly surprised when the film turned out to be a lighthearted kitschy romp.’
      • ‘Sketches, skits, parodies, songs, poems and bad dancing describe this sparkling, lighthearted romp through the Bard's amazing repertory of works.’
      • ‘In all actuality, this film is a light-hearted action romp that has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek.’
      • ‘The movie is a sly comic romp that transforms the realities of rock and roll into a fantasy farce about joy, fame, and isolation.’
      • ‘Kids weren't bogged down by the taxation plot device that seems to unnecessarily bother us adults, they saw it for the enjoyable romp that it was.’
      • ‘While the film is still an enjoyable mindless romp, it is the weakest of the four films in the saga.’
      • ‘These surprises, when coupled with the highly stylized action sequences, made for an entertaining romp through the stunning panoramic shots of Mexico.’
      • ‘Only its bloodless nature garnered it a G rating rather than PG. It's not a lighthearted romp like many of Disney's other animated movies.’
      • ‘There are other delights around each and every corner of this film… if you like a good romp that has elements of tear-jerking romance.’
      • ‘What begins so promisingly as a satire or perhaps even comic romp leaves an uneasily nasty after-taste.’
      • ‘Hodges found the production chaotic but managed to ‘let go’, producing a lavish and enjoyable comic sci-fi romp.’
      • ‘The ensuing high adventure is an energetic romp packed with plenty of explosions and near-death experiences that also works because of the chemistry of its stars.’
      • ‘Meticulously researched, her new film is a romp through the history of burlesque, narrated by those who practised the form.’
      • ‘Only the writers get the virtual slap on the wrist for artificially inserting too much melodrama into a story that should have been a comic romp.’
      • ‘An action romp is good, but one wonders if the story would be better served by slowing down a little.’
    2. 1.2informal An easy victory.
      ‘their UEFA Cup romp against the Luxembourg part-timers’
      • ‘Brock scored four more goals in the third period to cap off the romp with three of those coming in the last five minutes of the game.’
      • ‘Snow Ridge registered a 3 length romp in his maiden debut at Kempton on September 6.’
      • ‘But England will take what they can from a 12-try romp against the hapless Canadians.’
      • ‘Vale of Lune made club history with a six try romp at Morley at the weekend.’
      • ‘In contrast, Secretariat's 31-length romp into immortality in the 1973 Belmont drew a crowd of 67,605.’
    3. 1.3informal A spell of sexual activity, especially an illicit one.
      ‘three-in-a-bed sex romps’
      • ‘The songwriter's lyrics are peppered with references to vampires, premonitions, smoke and mirrors, no strings attached sexual romps and Elvis rising from the dead.’
      • ‘As the clandestine romps continue, the lovers' conversation turns on their differences.’
      • ‘I wouldn't turn down a romp in the sack with either one of them.’
      • ‘I am long overdue for a good romp between the sheets.’
      • ‘Still at least if Daniel knew she was free he could suggest a romp in the hay or something.’
      • ‘Forgive me, but a romp in the sack does not equal love.’
      • ‘The younger woman's unabashed romps arouse Sarah's curiosity, unleashing sexual dreams in her.’
      • ‘He's here to help, not reenact last night's sex romp dream.’
      • ‘Right in the middle of our romp, who should walk in but my boyfriend!’
      • ‘She also enjoyed a romp or two with various Earls which seems to be a popular name back then.’
      • ‘The image does look as if these texts describe a harmless aristocratic sexual romp.’
      • ‘Come on woman, you've already had a romp in a supply cupboard, how insatiable can your sexual appetite be?’
      • ‘As a homosexual, I would also be disapproving of promiscuous, illicit bathroom romps, simply because of the moral code by which I live.’
      • ‘While most folks seem open to an occasional romp in the loo, the folks who aren't, well, they really aren't.’
      • ‘Enjoying a sexy romp is one thing - buying promise rings is another.’


Early 18th century: perhaps an alteration of ramp.