noun stam·pede \(ˌ)stam-ˈpēd\

: an occurrence in which a large group of frightened or excited animals or people run together in a wild and uncontrolled way to escape from something, get out of a place, etc.

: a situation in which a lot of people try to do the same thing at the same time

Full Definition of STAMPEDE

:  a wild headlong rush or flight of frightened animals
:  a mass movement of people at a common impulse
:  an extended festival combining a rodeo with exhibitions, contests, and social events

Examples of STAMPEDE

  1. a stampede to the exits
  2. a stampede to buy the stock
  3. a stampede of new applicants

Origin of STAMPEDE

American Spanish estampida, from Spanish, crash, from estampar to stamp, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German stampfōn to stamp
First Known Use: 1828

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut



: to run away in a large group from something especially because of fear

: to cause (animals) to run away in a large group

: to cause (a person or a group of people) to do something suddenly and without proper thought


Full Definition of STAMPEDE

transitive verb
:  to cause to run away in headlong panic
:  to cause (as a group of people) to act on sudden or rash impulse
intransitive verb
:  to flee headlong in panic
:  to act on mass impulse
stam·ped·er noun

Examples of STAMPEDE

  1. People stampeded to the exits.
  2. The gunshot stampeded the cattle.

First Known Use of STAMPEDE



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