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 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 Over the course of 12 hours between April 18 and 19, the suspect rampaged through this quiet, rural corner of Canada, shooting some people dead and setting fires that killed others. Paula Newton, CNN, "His pregnant wife was killed in a mass shooting. Her dying wish was for healthcare workers to have PPE," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police on Monday described in further detail a shooting rampage that left five people dead, including the shooter, and one person injured in Baltimore County on Sunday. Washington Post, "Shooting in Baltimore County leaves five dead," 29 Mar. 2021 Talley was killed while responding to a shooting rampage that left 10 people dead at a grocery in Boulder. CNN, "Start your week smart: Supermoon, George Floyd, Baltimore, Suez Canal, slain officer," 28 Mar. 2021 Asian Americans and their supporters gathered Saturday across California and the nation in response to this week’s shooting rampage in the Atlanta area, which claimed eight lives, including six women of Asian descent. Shannon Lin, Los Angeles Times, "Rallies against anti-Asian attacks and racism across California," 20 Mar. 2021 The white gunman's deadly rampage in Georgia that left six Asian women dead, and occurred amid a spate of anti-Asian attacks nationwide, has sent shockwaves of fear through the Asian American community. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "Why anti-Asian hate incidents often go unreported and how to help," 18 Mar. 2021 The suspect, Robert Aaron Long, has been charged with eight counts of murder in connection to the rampage. Justin Carissimo, Alex Sundby, CBS News, "Spa shootings suspect charged with eight counts of murder," 18 Mar. 2021 Also, the ceremony will be taking place under tight security after rioters stormed the Capitol last week in a rampage that left five dead, including a police officer. Bloomberg.com, "Police Threaten Force If Fence Is Scaled: Inaugural Update," 14 Jan. 2021 Federal law enforcement officials have pledged an exhaustive investigation into the rampage that left five people dead, including Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "A theater of propaganda: The Capitol, cameras and selfies," 11 Jan. 2021 First responders to tragedies, including the Trolley Square shooting rampage and the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster. The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Salt Lake Tribune’s complete list of Utahns of the Year from Karl Malone to Elizabeth Smart to Mormons Building Bridges and Mitt Romney," 25 Dec. 2020

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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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4 May 2021

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“Rampage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampage. Accessed 7 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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