ram·pant | \ˈram-pənt also -ˌpant \

Definition of rampant 

1a : rearing upon the hind legs with forelegs extended

b : standing on one hind foot with one foreleg raised above the other and the head in profile used of a heraldic animal

2a : marked by a menacing wildness, extravagance, or absence of restraint rampant rumors

b : profusely widespread rampant weeds

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rampant 1b: a lion rampant

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rampantly adverb

Examples of rampant in a Sentence

a weed that's rampant in this area the mayor promised to put a stop to the rampant crime that plagued the city

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The neon beauty look, while rampant on fall runways, is the antithesis of top-model polish. Kate Branch, Vogue, "This DJ Sister Act Is the Only Beauty Inspiration You Need This Summer," 12 July 2018 Drug use is flippant and rampant, the music is big and gaudy, and none of the shots were actually filmed on the island or in its clubs. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Netflix's 'Ibiza' Director Has Never Been to Ibiza," 26 June 2018 Everyday discrimination toward LGBTQ Americans is rampant, a recent study shows. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "Lesbian couple in New York say they were kicked out of Uber after kissing," 13 June 2018 Rumors were rampant early last week that for the first time in five years, Del Mar would have to split the race into divisions. Jeff Nahill, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Horsemen stuff entry box for opening day at Del Mar," 14 July 2018 Sexism was rampant in the hippie era – for starters, take a look at the leering text and images Coral Gables High’s 1973 yearbook. Tom Austin, miamiherald, "Hendrix and Zappa once rocked Miami. Today's pop culture is an epic leap away.," 29 June 2018 Trying to make change from within was a slow process for Rodriguez, who said homophobia was rampant in the NYPD in the ‘80s. NBC News, "Police at Pride? Gay cops, LGBTQ activists struggle to see eye-to-eye," 23 June 2018 In October of 2017, when fires were rampant in Ukiah, Adventist Health employees were present to provide on-site help. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "The doctor will see you now – online. Virtual house calls offered widely in Sacramento region," 22 June 2018 The country’s economic crisis has led to shortages of food and medicine, and rampant crime has meant the streets of the capital are empty on most evenings because of the fear of kidnapping. New York Times, "At Least 17 Dead in Stampede at Graduation Party in Venezuela," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of rampant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rampant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, present participle of ramper

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English Language Learners Definition of rampant

—used to describe something that is very common or that is spreading very quickly and in a way that is difficult to control

: growing quickly and in a way that is difficult to control


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Kids Definition of rampant

: existing or growing greatly and quickly Fear was rampant in the town.

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