ram·​page | \ ˈram-ˌpāj How to pronounce rampage (audio) , (ˌ)ram-ˈpāj\
rampaged; rampaging

Definition of rampage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to rush wildly about


ram·​page | \ ˈram-ˌpāj How to pronounce rampage (audio) \

Definition of rampage (Entry 2 of 2)

: a course of violent, riotous, or reckless action or behavior

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Other Words from rampage


rampageous \ ram-​ˈpā-​jəs How to pronounce rampageous (audio) \ adjective
rampageously adverb
rampageousness noun

Examples of rampage in a Sentence


Rioters rampaged through the streets of the city.


some crazy guy went on a rampage in the public library and started grabbing books off the shelves and tossing them around

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Category 5 behemoth rampaged through the upper Bahamas with record-setting windspeeds, then lethally paused its forward motion over Grand Bahama for more than a day, allowing its destructive eyewall to spin in place. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian, "The Bahamas and the Caribbean Have Withstood Hurricanes for Centuries," 17 Sep. 2019 Reports of a monkey rampaging the streets of Santa Fe have captivated Houston's attention this week. Kara Quebedeaux, Houston Chronicle, "Hundreds of Houston pigeons illegally captured for hunting freed by deputies," 11 Sep. 2019 Both scenes are carried into Battle at Big Rock, which essentially subs in dinosaurs for more typical camping nightmares like rampaging bears or hungry coyotes. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "How the ‘Battle at Big Rock’ Short Film Sets Up a Smarter, Scarier ‘Jurassic World 3’," 16 Sep. 2019 The Islamic State concentrated its forces in northeast Syria along the Iraqi border, rampaging across western Iraq, much as Ambassador Ford and others had predicted. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 Quentin wants to help Spider-Man defeat rampaging elemental monsters. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 24 June 2018 Landslides are common, and Rohingya have even been killed by rampaging elephants. New York Times, "Massacred at Home, in Misery Abroad, 730,000 Rohingya Are Mired in Hopelessness," 22 Aug. 2019 Against a barrage of rolling, tumbling, rampaging air mattresses, a kid tries in vain to keep one down. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "An outdoor movie night on air mattresses seemed fun. Then the wind picked up.," 20 Aug. 2019 Over the centuries, Notre Dame rose as the spiritual and civic center of Paris, then became a target of Hugenot vandals in the 16th century, rampaging revolutionaries in the 18th century, and Nazi occupiers in the 20th century. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Why history says Notre Dame will rise again," 16 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Indonesian army and its local militias went on the rampage, killing at least 1,400 Timorese and reducing the country to ashes. The Economist, "A row about medals reveals disputes about East Timor’s history," 12 Sep. 2019 The gunman who went on a rampage last weekend along a 10-mile stretch around Midland and Odessa, Texas, killing seven people and injuring about two dozen, had failed a background check in 2014. Lisa Marie Pane, The Denver Post, "U.S. mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks," 7 Sep. 2019 Investigators say the rampage began just after 3 p.m. on a west Texas interstate when state troopers tried pulling over a car following reports of a person driving erratically. CBS News, "Texas gunman called both police and FBI before deadly shooting rampage," 2 Sep. 2019 The rampage began after the suspect, in a gold Honda, was the subject of a 3:17 p.m. traffic stop between Midland and Odessa, officials said Saturday. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Death toll in Odessa shooting rises to 7, a 17-month-old child among those injured," 1 Sep. 2019 The Odessa Police Department said the rampage began at 3:25 p.m. after police initiated a traffic stop on I-20 between Midland and Odessa. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "17-Month-Old Girl Injured in Texas Shootings Has Teeth Knocked Out, Shrapnel in Chest," 1 Sep. 2019 The rampage began at 3:13 p.m. local time when two Texas Department of Public Safety troopers tried to pull over a gold Honda heading westbound on Interstate 20 in Midland, according to authorities. Dakin Andone, CNN, "What we know about the West Texas mass shooting," 1 Sep. 2019 For countless people in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa, Saturday was a day of terror and tragedy as a gunman went on a violent rampage that left 7 dead and many more injured. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "'Somebody Tried to Kill Me Today.' Odessa Grandmother Recounts Locking Eyes With West Texas Shooter," 1 Sep. 2019 Today’s comics Today’s obituaries Today in history On August 20, 1986, postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a deadly rampage at a post office in Edmond, Okla., shooting 14 fellow workers to death before killing himself. Samantha Swindler | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "School district gets scammed, Wheeler talks protests: Morning Briefing for Aug. 20," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rampage


1672, in the meaning defined above


1861, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rampage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to act or move in a wild and usually destructive way



English Language Learners Definition of rampage (Entry 2 of 2)

: an occurrence of wild and usually destructive behavior


ram·​page | \ ˈram-ˌpāj How to pronounce rampage (audio) \

Kids Definition of rampage

: a period or instance of violent action or behavior

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