rampage

verb
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

rampage

noun
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

Other Words from rampage

Noun

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

Examples of rampage in a Sentence

Verb Rioters rampaged through the streets of the city. Noun 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 Lewis’ account then becomes a maddening page-turner, as politics, optics and profits thwart our heroes and allow the virus to rampage. Joe Spring, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2021 Professor Ferguson said the decision to scrap restrictions in England was motivated by the determination of politicians to return to normal, not to build up immunity by allowing the virus to rampage through the population. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2021 The reports were followed by rumors, inflated in the retelling, of protesters planning to rampage through towns along I-70, fears that proved unfounded. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2021 There's no telling how long demand will outpace supply, especially as the pandemic continues to rampage through some of the world's biggest economies. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 There's no telling how long demand will outpace supply, especially as the pandemic continues to rampage through some of the world's biggest economies. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 There's no telling how long demand will outpace supply, especially as the pandemic continues to rampage through some of the world's biggest economies. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 The pandemic continues to rampage through Brazil and some expect its death toll to eventually outpace that of the U.S. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 30 Aug. 2021 There's no telling how long demand will outpace supply, especially as the pandemic continues to rampage through some of the world's biggest economies. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His mom, Dawn Woods, posted the sum and he was freed one week before the deadly rampage in Waukesha. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 3 Dec. 2021 And more details are coming to light in the aftermath of a deadly shooting rampage in the Denver area. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2021 Schools throughout Michigan were closed Tuesday, some as a response to ongoing and new threats, a week after the deadly shooting rampage by a teen at Oxford High, and others because of bad weather. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 7 Dec. 2021 The parents of the teen accused of fatally shooting four people at a Michigan high school have been charged in connection with the rampage, prosecutors announced Friday. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 3 Dec. 2021 Muhammad and Malvo were convicted in connection with the killing rampage. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2021 With the ransomware rampage in full tilt, many countries now realize that something needs to be done and, no surprise, governments are looking to create additional legislation. Leonard Kleinman, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 In 1991, a deadly shooting rampage took place in Killeen, Texas, as a gunman opened fire at a Luby’s Cafeteria, killing 23 people before taking his own life. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 Dogs go on a deadly rampage after a large meteor strikes a quiet town. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rampage

Verb

1692, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rampage

Verb

originally Scots, probably an extension of ramp "to rage, storm about" (going back to early Scots and Middle English, "to rear up on the hind legs"), with a termination of uncertain origin — more at ramp entry 4

Note: The Scottish National Dictionary regards rampage as a blend of ramp "to rage, storm about" and rage (see rage entry 2); the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, on the other hand, hypothesizes "perhaps ramp [the verb] + -age [the suffix -age]. As the Oxford English Dictionary, third edition, points out, the original place of stress (and concomitantly the pronunciation) are unknown.

Noun

noun derivative of rampage entry 1

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The first known use of rampage was in 1692

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18 Dec 2021

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“Rampage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampage. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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rampage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rampage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

rampage

noun

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

: an occurrence of wild and usually destructive behavior

rampage

noun
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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