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

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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 During those 92 minutes, rioters continued to rampage inside the building as lawmakers and others inside huddled for safety. Star Tribune, "Takeaways: Partisan discord instead of Jan. 6 answers," 12 May 2021 In New York and Chicago, gangs of thieves regularly rampage through stores grabbing high-end items, confident in their impunity. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Anticop Movement Wants Road Anarchy Too," 22 Apr. 2021 But the wave of relief at dodging that particular catastrophe has obscured the fact that other kinds of rationing did occur amid the chaos—and is still occurring as the coronavirus continues to rampage around the country. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "What the Chaos in Hospitals Is Doing to Doctors," 22 Dec. 2020 Still, the coronavirus continues to rampage across Wisconsin. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than 200,000 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic," 26 Oct. 2020 Wisconsin reported 1,696 new coronavirus cases Monday as the virus continued to rampage across the state. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin reports nearly 1,700 new coronavirus cases as outbreak continues to rank among nation's worst," 5 Oct. 2020 But as covid-19 began to rampage through the country and hit her, she was seized with a new urgency to find him. Lisa Selin Davis Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Pandemic spurs hunt for long-lost parents, relatives — and their health histories," 28 Sep. 2020 After winning the battle for Federal Hall, the hard hats rampaged across Lower Manhattan. Jefferson Cowie, New York Times, "The ‘Hard Hat Riot’ Was a Preview of Today’s Political Divisions," 11 May 2020 For a year his unit rampaged across the Soviet Union. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "‘I have had, in my life, whole squadrons of guardian angels looking after me. There’s no other way.’," 6 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hudson, who is the director of education for IPP, dropped out of school after sixth grade and was shot by his brother at age 15 during a rampage in which several family members were shot, two of them fatally. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Untreated psychiatric disorders in arrested juveniles linger 15 years past incarceration, Northwestern study finds," 27 Apr. 2021 Kamal Jawandha, whose parents were sorters who had been working at the facility on Thursday night, said his mother hid in the bathroom during the rampage. New York Times, "In a Spasm of Violence, Indianapolis Faces the Country’s Latest Mass Shooting," 16 Apr. 2021 Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 people and one unborn child and injures 32 at Fort Hood, Texas, during a shooting rampage. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Deadliest Mass Shootings in the US Fast Facts," 14 Apr. 2021 The estranged wife of a man suspected of killing four people during a shooting rampage in Orange, California, last week said she is devastated – and also fearful because her family has been threatened. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'My heart is crushed': Estranged wife of California shooting suspect says family has been threatened," 4 Apr. 2021 Boulder police officer Eric Talley, who died last week during a mass shooting inside a city supermarket, was remembered for his joy in helping others and heroics in saving dozens during the rampage at King Soopers. Fox News, "Boulder shooting: Police officer credited with saving dozens of lives," 31 Mar. 2021 Lights turned off at night in their apartment during the five-day rampage, Hagler and his siblings survived, in part, by sleeping under their beds in order not to be struck by stray gunfire. BostonGlobe.com, "Brockton boxers still dream of being the next Marvin Hagler," 27 Mar. 2021 Joey Morona writes of the horror and heartbreak this week when a gunman killed eight people, including six Asian women, during a rampage at three Atlanta-area spas. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cleveland ranks 5th in moves to region during pandemic: The Wake Up for Monday, March 22, 2021," 22 Mar. 2021 Five people, including a police officer, died during the rampage and dozens more were injured. Alexander Mallin, ABC News, "FBI arrests Trump appointee Federico Klein in connection with Capitol riot," 5 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 1

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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16 May 2021

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“Rampage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampage. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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