Definition of rumspringa in English:



  • (in some Amish communities) a period of adolescence in which boys and girls are given greater personal freedom and allowed to form romantic relationships, usually ending with the choice of baptism into the church or leaving the community.

    • ‘Amish communities routinely practice the institution of rumspringa.’
    • ‘It is called rumspringa and I had been in mine for three months.’
    • ‘Most of the teenagers enter the church after their rumspringa.’
    • ‘They ask if I've been drinking and I say yes because it's well known in the township that during rumspringa you can drink.’
    • ‘But he does provide a place for rumspringa to happen and all the rumspringa kids love him for it.’
    • ‘The problem is, I can't tell what's okay as part of rumspringa and what is illegal in the outside world.’
    • ‘These teens rarely actually leave home during "rumspringa"—and certainly not to a big city to live with other, non-Amish teens.’
    • ‘Girls are meant to have a different rumspringa than us.’
    • ‘His home is party central for all the kids going through rumspringa.’
    • ‘As the rumspringa goes on, the cast gradually takes up residence in a newly blended world.’
    • ‘I had started my rumspringa with gladness in my heart for the new experience and for the freedom I would have.’
    • ‘Rumspringa ends once an individual chooses whether to be baptized and commit themselves wholeheartedly to the religious and behavioral aspects of the Amish lifestyle.’
    • ‘I'm 17 years old and I've been exploring my rumspringa for the last year and a half.’
    • ‘You want to leave after your rumspringa, I know this.’
    • ‘Only one of them, my oldest brother, Michael, chose not to return to the church after his rumspringa.’
    • ‘His rumspringa was like seven years ago and he never came back!’
    • ‘The show proposes to follow the Amish youths as they enter rumspringa, a rite of passage that occurs when Amish teenagers turn 16 and are allowed to leave their families.’
    • ‘This is the story of my rumspringa and no one can tell it for me.’
    • ‘Amish communities practise the institution of rumspringa.’
    • ‘I know what that means because my brother wrote me a letter when I started my rumspringa and it was filled with words I should know.’


From Pennsylvania German, literally ‘to run around’.