stam·​pede | \ (ˌ)stam-ˈpēd How to pronounce stampede (audio) \

Definition of stampede

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a wild headlong rush or flight of frightened animals
2 : a mass movement of people at a common impulse
3 : an extended festival combining a rodeo with exhibitions, contests, and social events


stampeded; stampeding

Definition of stampede (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to run away in headlong panic
2 : to cause (a group or mass of people) to act on sudden or rash impulse

intransitive verb

1 : to flee headlong in panic
2 : to act on mass impulse

Other Words from stampede


stampeder noun

Examples of stampede in a Sentence

Noun a stampede to the exits a stampede to buy the stock a stampede of new applicants Verb People stampeded to the exits. The gunshot stampeded the cattle.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But this is a show about a time portal on a Wyoming farm after all, one that just released a stampede of centuries-old buffalo into the modern day. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 6 May 2022 Republican primary will only intensify the stampede to kiss the king’s ring. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 May 2022 The stampede killed at least 45 people, including four Americans, and injured many more. Editors, USA TODAY, 1 May 2021 The Who will play Cincinnati for the first time since the tragic Riverfront Coliseum show in 1979, where a pre-show stampede to enter the venue resulted in the deaths of 11 concertgoers. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 29 Apr. 2022 Travis Scott is preparing to perform publicly for the first time since his hometown Astroworld Festival left 10 people dead and 300 others injured on November 5, 2021, following a stampede. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 28 Apr. 2022 What may be hitting financial stocks now are fears that this stampede will get faster and more furious. Telis Demos, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Among the 12 people injured, 10 suffered gunshot wounds, and two were injured in the stampede that followed the gunfire inside the mall. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 16 Apr. 2022 But, at least for now, her team has been insulated from the stampede and the uproar. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s up from an estimate of about 34% in December, before Omicron began to stampede across the country. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 For 14 years, Thomas has been living that dream at her old stomping grounds -- even on days when the Culver City, California, morning blurs in a frantic effort to get her famous orange chicken ready before the kids stampede into the cafeteria. Byeli Cahan, ABC News, 24 Mar. 2022 Bulls rarely stampede through congested business districts, but Parisi hopes lessons learned from this study will provide insights into how crowds respond to other kinds of dangerous situations. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 23 Feb. 2022 The local legend is the light from the tin cans blinded horses on the street who would stampede into neighbors’ yards. Carlos R. Muñoz,, 18 Feb. 2022 One method was to place swaths of carpet in train stations where thousands of people would stampede over them each day. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Individual investors continue to stampede into shares of growth companies, the types of buzzy stocks that have enjoyed explosive price gains this year. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2021 One Facebook post implied the magnetic frequencies in the music compelled the concert-goers to stampede toward the stage because the post claims there is graphene oxide in their system as a result of the Covid-19 vaccine. Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 14 Nov. 2021 Don’t violate those core beliefs, and corporations and people will stampede into Texas. Greg Jefferson, San Antonio Express-News, 4 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stampede


1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for stampede


American Spanish estampida, from Spanish, crash, from estampar to stamp, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German stampfōn to stamp

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“Stampede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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stam·​pede | \ stam-ˈpēd How to pronounce stampede (audio) \

Kids Definition of stampede

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a wild rush or flight of frightened animals or people
2 : a sudden foolish action or movement of a large number of people


stampeded; stampeding

Kids Definition of stampede (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to run or cause to run away in fright or panic People stampeded to the exits.
2 : to act or cause to act together suddenly and without thought


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