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stampede

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noun stam·pede \(ˌ)stam-ˈpēd\

Simple Definition of stampede

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  a wild headlong rush or flight of frightened animals

  2. 2 :  a mass movement of people at a common impulse

  3. 3 :  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


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stampede

verb stam·pede

Simple Definition of stampede

  • : 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

stam·ped·edstam·ped·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to run away in headlong panic

  3. 2 :  to cause (as a group of people) to act on sudden or rash impulse

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to flee headlong in panic

  6. 2 :  to act on mass impulse

stam·ped·er noun

Examples of stampede

  1. People stampeded to the exits.

  2. The gunshot stampeded the cattle.



1838

First Known Use of stampede

1838



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