A rumpus is an uproar or a commotion. Setting a litter of excited puppies loose in a kindergarten classroom would be sure to cause a rumpus.

While a rumpus can be loud and boisterous, like the rumpus underneath a piñata in the midst of a huge birthday party, others take the form of heated arguments. This kind of rumpus might occur during a political scandal, for example. Experts guess that the informal rumpus might come from the now-obsolete word robustious, which means "boisterous or noisy." In the mid-twentieth century, children's playrooms began to be called "rumpus rooms."

Definitions of rumpus
  1. noun
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
    synonyms: commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, tumult
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    ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir
    a rapid active commotion
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    the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
  2. verb
    cause a disturbance
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    agitate, foment, stir up
    try to stir up (e.g., public opinion)
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