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[noun ram-peyj; verb ram-peyj, ram-peyj] /noun ˈræm peɪdʒ; verb ræmˈpeɪdʒ, ˈræm peɪdʒ/
violent or excited behavior that is reckless, uncontrolled, or destructive.
a state of violent anger or agitation:
The smallest mistake sends him into a rampage. The river has gone on a rampage and flooded the countryside.
verb (used without object), rampaged, rampaging.
to rush, move, or act furiously or violently:
a bull elephant rampaging through the jungle.
Origin of rampage
First recorded in 1705-15; ramp1 + -age
Related forms
rampager, noun
3. storm, rage, tear. Unabridged
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  • By this means his numbers were soon recruited, and he was again on the rampage.

  • All the women in Jenkintown seemed on the rampage, at least all those we are dealing with.

  • That's a narrow-gauge line, and Clear Creek 's been on a rampage.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • Oh, you don't know how I long to go on the rampage sometimes!

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • It's pretty hard not to shoot out there where men go on the rampage so often.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for rampage


verb (ræmˈpeɪdʒ)
(intransitive) to rush about in an angry, violent, or agitated fashion
noun (ˈræmpeɪdʒ; ræmˈpeɪdʒ)
angry or destructive behaviour
on the rampage, behaving violently or destructively
Derived Forms
rampageous, adjective
rampageously, adverb
rampageousness, noun
rampager, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Scottish, of uncertain origin; perhaps based on ramp
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Word Origin and History for rampage

1715, in Scottish, probably from Middle English verb ramp "rave, rush wildly about" (c.1300), especially of beasts rearing on their hind legs, as if climbing, from Old French ramper (see ramp (n.1), also cf. rampant). Related: Rampaged; rampaging.


1861, from rampage (v.).

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