• WordNet 3.6
    • v rumpus cause a disturbance
    • n rumpus the act of making a noisy disturbance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rumpus A disturbance; noise and confusion; a quarrel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rumpus An uproar; a disturbance; a riot; a noisy or disorderly outbreak.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rumpus rum′pus an uproar: a disturbance.
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In literature:

Dats all de rumpus ever was 'twixt them.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
There was an instant babel of voices, a rushing of feet and a general rumpus below.
"The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless" by H. Irving Hancock
No use livin' in a rumpus.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
But there was sides taken an' a gen'ral rumpus.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
One morning, long before daylight, Joe heard a rumpus.
"Donald and Dorothy" by Mary Mapes Dodge
But when his eyes fell upon Bob Hunter, he readily jumped at the conclusion that he alone had caused the rumpus.
"The Boy Broker" by Frank A. Munsey
We had a "regular rumpus," and Spencer, Buckley, and myself seceded and "set up" on our own account.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
Now he's going to raise a rumpus for sure!
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
What a rumpus there has been about a rickety brat who was bound to die.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
I ask you what have those crazy nuts got on you that you stand for all this rumpus?
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Regular rumpus there's been.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
He'd be liable to raise a rumpus, he would.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
But as soon as the two parties jined, some kind of a rumpus took place.
"Through Apache Lands" by R. H. Jayne
But that's the main f'ature av the rumpus.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
De dawgs an' chickens will sot up a tur'ble rumpus, but you jes' ride up to de stile an' holler, 'Hello!
"Crestlands" by Mary Addams Bayne
Creation, what a rumpus!
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
I'm goin' to pass my pile over to you to take keer of till I'm through this rumpus.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
But he goes; and he never made a rumpus in his life!
"The Spiritualists and the Detectives" by Allan Pinkerton
That was the sensation I got from that rumpus.
"Command" by William McFee
I never imagined then all the bother and rumpus that would come of it.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer

In news:

It's all causing quite a rumpus, by all accounts.
A mom's wild rumpus of memories of Maurice Sendak: She read to her son "What Do You Say, Dear".
Orion will be attending this year's "The Wild Rumpus" parade, held Saturday from 8-9, as Harry Potter.
With a lamb cheek here and a pork belly there, the Bartolotta group gastropub the Rumpus Room opens at 4:30 pm Tuesday at 1030 N Water St.
Well, I did, and it's now available on the Rumpus.
A visual tribute to a rumpus -loving legend.
Let the wild rumpus start.
The menu at the Rumpus Room, the Bartolotta gastropub that's opening Oct 11 at 1030 N Water St, pays significant homage to the pig, but the duck gets its day, too.
The Rumpus Room, the new Bartolotta gastropub opening downtown in the fall, added a chef de cuisine to the staff: Matt Kerley, former chef at the Magnolia gastropub in San Francisco.
Today's Senate Rules Rumpus Update.
Adults lead 'Wild Things' $32.5M box-office rumpus .
In their rumpus with Sendak, "Wild Things" remain faithful.
Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers.
At 83, Martin Litton is still running the Grand Canyon in dories and raising a rumpus for redwoods and a host of conservation causes.
Thomas Page McBee is an editor at the Boston Phoenix and a columnist for the Rumpus.