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 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 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. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 9 June 2021 Early the next morning, white rioters began to rampage through Greenwood, killing people and burning and looting businesses and homes. Wsj Staff, WSJ, 28 May 2021 There, as the sound-detecting monsters rampage through town, a woman of color can’t resist the impulse to call her mother—and, then, once she’s properly hushed, her cell phone rings, to catastrophic effect. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 May 2021 But fungi did not rampage onto our turf from some foreign place. Maryn Mckenna, Scientific American, 19 May 2021 During those 92 minutes, rioters continued to rampage inside the building as lawmakers and others inside huddled for safety. Star Tribune, 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, 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, 22 Dec. 2020 Still, the coronavirus continues to rampage across Wisconsin. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Among them are Officer Harry Dunn; Aquilino Gonell, a sergeant; Michael Fanone, who has lobbied Republicans to support an investigation; and Daniel Hodges, who was crushed in a door during the rampage. BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2021 Nikolas Cruz, now 22, is accused of murdering 17 students and wounding 17 more during a rampage Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, 9 July 2021 Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 people and an unborn child and injures 32 more during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood military base in Texas. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 28 June 2021 The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael's first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Rachel Yang, EW.com, 25 June 2021 That’s hard to imagine for Nikki Samolovitch, who was in the King Soopers during the rampage. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Since 2017, more than 50 people in California have been killed in mass shootings, some of them during a rampage in March at an Orange County business complex, which left a 9-year-old dead, and at a crowded dance hall in 2018 in Thousand Oaks. NBC News, 5 June 2021 An estimated 200 businesses that were part of Black Wall Street were also destroyed during the two-day rampage. CBS News, 31 May 2021 The pair in 2018 was accused of harassing families of the victims of Sutherland Springs, in which a gunman killed 26 First Baptist worshippers and injured several others during a rampage before killing himself during a chase. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of rampage


1692, in the meaning defined above


1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rampage


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 derivative of rampage entry 1

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“Rampage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampage. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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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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