romp (romps, present participle romping; past and past participle romped)

  1. (intransitive) To play about roughly, energetically or boisterously.
    • When the kids're allowed to romp in the bedroom, they break something.
  2. (transitive, US) (Often used with down) To press forcefully, to encourage vehemently, to oppress.
    • If I romp down on the gas, it'll do sixty in six seconds.
    • Coach Smith had to romp on 'em to get 'em out of a losing streak.
  3. To win easily.
    • England romped to an easy win over Australia.
    • 2014, Paul Doyle, "Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter ↗", The Guardian, 18 October 2014:
      Ronald Koeman collected that prize in the run-up to this game, and then watched his team romp to their biggest victory for nearly a century, inflicting a defeat that Sunderland will struggle to forget.
  4. (slang) To engage in playful or boisterous sex.
Translations Noun

romp (plural romps)

  1. (now, archaic) Someone who romps; especially, a girl or young woman who indulges in boisterous play; a tomboy. [from 17th c.]
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Penguin 2004, p. 57:
      I will venture to affirm, that a girl, whose spirits have not been damped by inactivity, or innocence tainted by false shame, will always be a romp, and the doll will never excite attention unless confinement allows her no alternative.
  2. A period of boisterous play, a frolic; now especially, a bout of sexual activity, especially when illicit. [from 18th c.]
    • Sex romp at Windsor castle (headline in The Sun)
  3. An enjoyable, fast-paced but essentially inconsequential film, play, or other piece of entertainment. [from 19th c.]
  4. (chiefly, sport) A decisive victory; a game, match etc. which is won easily. [from 20th c.]
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