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Word of the Day – Rumpus

By November 13, 2023Word of the Day

Rumpus (noun)

rum-pus

A noisy or violent disturbance; commotion; uproar.

First recorded in 1755–65; origin uncertain

Example sentences

“The right wing thugs caused a huge rumpus.”

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