Definition of rumspringa in English:



  • (in some Amish communities) a period of adolescence in which boys and girls are given greater personal freedom and allowed to form romantic relationships, usually ending with the choice of baptism into the church or leaving the community.

    ‘His home is party central for all the kids going through rumspringa.’
    • ‘Girls are meant to have a different rumspringa than us.’
    • ‘Most of the teenagers enter the church after their rumspringa.’
    • ‘The problem is, I can't tell what's okay as part of rumspringa and what is illegal in the outside world.’
    • ‘I'm 17 years old and I've been exploring my rumspringa for the last year and a half.’
    • ‘As the rumspringa goes on, the cast gradually takes up residence in a newly blended world.’
    • ‘They ask if I've been drinking and I say yes because it's well known in the township that during rumspringa you can drink.’
    • ‘Only one of them, my oldest brother, Michael, chose not to return to the church after his rumspringa.’
    • ‘You want to leave after your rumspringa, I know this.’
    • ‘Amish communities practise the institution of rumspringa.’
    • ‘I had started my rumspringa with gladness in my heart for the new experience and for the freedom I would have.’
    • ‘I know what that means because my brother wrote me a letter when I started my rumspringa and it was filled with words I should know.’
    • ‘His rumspringa was like seven years ago and he never came back!’
    • ‘But he does provide a place for rumspringa to happen and all the rumspringa kids love him for it.’
    • ‘The show proposes to follow the Amish youths as they enter rumspringa, a rite of passage that occurs when Amish teenagers turn 16 and are allowed to leave their families.’
    • ‘Amish communities routinely practice the institution of rumspringa.’
    • ‘These teens rarely actually leave home during "rumspringa"—and certainly not to a big city to live with other, non-Amish teens.’
    • ‘It is called rumspringa and I had been in mine for three months.’
    • ‘Rumspringa ends once an individual chooses whether to be baptized and commit themselves wholeheartedly to the religious and behavioral aspects of the Amish lifestyle.’
    • ‘This is the story of my rumspringa and no one can tell it for me.’



/ˈro͞omˌSHpriNGə/ /ˈrumˌʃprɪŋə/ /ˈro͞omˌspriNGə/ /ˈrumˌsprɪŋə/


From Pennsylvania German, literally ‘to run around’.