rampant


ram·pant

adjective \ˈram-pənt also -ˌpant\

—used to describe something that is very common or that is spreading very quickly and in a way that is difficult to control

: growing quickly and in a way that is difficult to control

Full Definition of RAMPANT

1
a :  rearing upon the hind legs with forelegs extended
b :  standing on one hind foot with one foreleg raised above the other and the head in profile —used of a heraldic animal
2
a :  marked by a menacing wildness, extravagance, or absence of restraint <rampant rumors>
b :  profusely widespread <rampant weeds>
ram·pant·ly adverb

Examples of RAMPANT

  1. a weed that's rampant in this area
  2. <the mayor promised to put a stop to the rampant crime that plagued the city>

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Origin of RAMPANT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, present participle of ramper
First Known Use: 14th century

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