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 piƱata 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

n the act of making a noisy disturbance

commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, tumult
ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir
a rapid active commotion
Type of:
the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

v cause a disturbance

Type of:
agitate, foment, stir up
try to stir up (e.g., public opinion)

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