ram·​pant | \ ˈram-pənt How to pronounce rampant (audio) 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

Other Words from rampant

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
Recent Examples on the Web To address the country’s rampant inequalities, including its feudal labor system, Árbenz passed an agrarian reform law to convert unused private land into smaller plots for peasants. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 24 Nov. 2021 By that time, workers had cleared products from several aisles, preparing for the store to permanently stop business the following month — one in the string of closures that Walgreens blamed on rampant theft. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Nov. 2021 The main issue is in the supply chain, as meat processors struggle to hire and retain workers after their workforces suffered rampant illness and deaths at the height of the pandemic. NBC news, 24 Nov. 2021 During the pandemic, hoaxes like Perez's post have run rampant on many social media platforms, which have responded by ramping up their efforts to combat the spread of misinformation. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 6 Oct. 2021 But false claims continue to run rampant across all three of the platforms. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 But false claims continue to run rampant across all three of the platforms. Gerrit De Vynck, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2021 But false claims continue to run rampant across all three of the platforms. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Prior to signing a contract with AEW, Punk-to-WWE rumors had run rampant since he was signed on to be an on-air personality for FOX 1’s WWE Backstage. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021

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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 rampaunt, rampand, borrowed from Anglo-French rampant "crawling, rampant (in heraldry)," from present participle of ramper "to climb, rear up on the hind legs, creep" — more at ramp entry 1

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“Rampant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rampant. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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


ram·​pant | \ ˈram-pənt How to pronounce rampant (audio) \

Kids Definition of rampant

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

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