Definition of rumpus in English:



  • A noisy disturbance; a row.

    ‘he caused a rumpus with his flair for troublemaking’
    • ‘It is also good to see that police have already taken action against some of their men who were involved in the rumpus at the Chikwa courts.’
    • ‘He recalled: ‘There had been a bit of a rumpus going on and then I heard him shouting for help.’’
    • ‘ALL amateur rugby league matches this weekend have been cancelled until further notice because of a renewed rumpus regarding rocketing insurance premiums.’
    • ‘The story that caused the rumpus is still cloudy.’
    • ‘The transfer rumpus left the defender attempting to re-focus attention on the tie at Wycombe, the winners of which will face a trip to either Grimsby or York in round four.’
    • ‘No repeat of the Chawama rumpus must be allowed.’
    • ‘The rumpus followed a majority vote of the finance ministers not to launch legal action which could have meant huge fines against Paris and Berlin.’
    • ‘The contrived rumpus over Section 28 is nothing.’
    • ‘Fortunately for Standard Life it has no institutional investors to make a rumpus over this slight discrepancy, which is why policyholders should make their voices heard on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Her Super Bowl performance created a rumpus that prompted the TNT television company to use a seven-second delay during the All-Star game.’
    • ‘Despite the rumpus, it's business as usual with the side to play England still stuffed full of players born and bred outwith these borders and in many cases playing their rugby outside Scotland.’
    • ‘The Munali rumpus is a warning that their actions can generate reactions that only help to aggravate the situation and estrange them from an otherwise sympathetic public.’
    • ‘Students entering the dining hall made an eager rumpus.’
    • ‘That was a genuine abuse of her position, yet it caused less of a fuss than the present rumpus.’
    • ‘Unfortunately amidst the rumpus I'd lost Richard and his friends.’
    • ‘The 28-year-old lost more than half his ear in the rumpus which spilled onto the pavement outside Zinc in Lucy Road.’
    • ‘Ordinary shareholders will have to cause a rumpus at the annual general meetings to force real accountability and change.’
    • ‘A MAN who created a rumpus in Burnley Jobcentre got a ticking off from a judge who slammed his behaviour as ‘wholly unacceptable.’’
    • ‘Perhaps mindful of the rumpus which had occurred between them the previous day, the referee warned him three times for not making enough effort to allow his opponent a clear view of the ball.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, last weekend there was a bit of a rumpus in Bath Street late in the evening which led to a couple of Police cars being called out to calm things down.’
    disturbance, commotion, uproar, confusion, furore, brouhaha, hue and cry, ruckus, fuss, fracas, melee, tumult, riot, brawl, free-for-all, scuffle, struggle, altercation, quarrel
    noise, racket, din, outcry
    to-do, carry-on, ruction, shindig, shindy, hullabaloo, hoo-ha, ballyhoo, dust-up, scrap, stink
    row, kerfuffle
    foofaraw, rough house
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Mid 18th century: probably fanciful.