- violent in action or spirit; raging; furious: a rampant leopard.
- growing luxuriantly, as weeds.
- in full sway; prevailing or unchecked: a rampant rumor.
- (of an animal) standing on the hind legs; ramping.
- Heraldry. (of a beast used as a charge) represented in profile facing the dexter side, with the body upraised and resting on the left hind leg, the tail and other legs elevated, the right foreleg highest, and the head in profile unless otherwise specified: a lion rampant.
- Architecture. (of an arch or vault) springing at one side from one level of support and resting at the other on a higher level.
Origin of rampant
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Examples from the Web for rampant
How this will all shake out is a topic of rampant speculation.High Rents Are Killing the Restaurant Capital
October 28, 2014
When Booker assumed office, his half-a-million constituents were grappling with high unemployment and rampant poverty.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy
October 20, 2014
As if to illustrate the rampant sexism that still exists, hackers threatened to release nude photos of her after her speech.The Gender-Pay Gap: It’s Real, and Yes, It’s Sexism
September 27, 2014
This has produced an unearthing of the unequal and unfair policing of African Americans rampant across this nation.From the Levant to Ferguson to Baltimore, The Most Violent Summer in Years
September 14, 2014
Decomposing corpses led to a rampant plague so severe it spread to Syria.In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History
August 16, 2014
Newly facing the evil of the world, she was a rampant reformer at once.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
When the brick-house era sets in, the middleman will be rampant.In the Midst of Alarms
And yet the seeds of it must be in your heart, or it could not all at once shew itself so rampant.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Heterodoxy in details of faith is rampant, and is no obstacle to Christian fellowship.Mountain Meditations
Credit is woefully inflated; speculation and waste are rampant.Herbert Hoover
- unrestrained or violent in behaviour, desire, opinions, etc
- growing or developing unchecked
- (postpositive) heraldry (of a beast) standing on the hind legs, the right foreleg raised above the left
- (of an arch) having one abutment higher than the other
Word Origin and History for rampant
late 14c., "standing on the hind legs" (as a heraldic lion often does), thus, also, "fierce, ravenous" (late 14c.), from Old French rampant, present participle of ramper "to climb, scale, mount" (see rampage (v.)). Sense of "growing without check" (in running rampant), first recorded 1610s, probably is via the notion of "fierce disposition" or else preserves the older French sense.