Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[stam-peed] /stæmˈpid/
a sudden, frenzied rush or headlong flight of a herd of frightened animals, especially cattle or horses.
any headlong general flight or rush.
Western U.S., Canada. a celebration, usually held annually, combining a rodeo, contests, exhibitions, dancing, etc.
verb (used without object), stampeded, stampeding.
to scatter or flee in a stampede:
People stampeded from the burning theater.
to make a general rush:
On hearing of the sale, they stampeded to the store.
verb (used with object), stampeded, stampeding.
to cause to stampede.
to rush or overrun (a place):
Customers stampeded the stores.
Origin of stampede
1815-25, Americanism; < American Spanish estampida, Spanish, equivalent to estamp(ar) to stamp + -ida noun suffix
Related forms
stampeder, noun
unstampeded, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for stampede
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • A stampede to our cabins would follow, and a hasty upgathering of such literature as we could lay our hands upon.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • There was a stampede of the unoccupied in the back of the room.

  • He saw nothing of the stampede of workmen, but soon was aroused by the yell of the Indians.

    Three Years on the Plains Edmund B. Tuttle
  • The only glance we're permitted is at a stampede following the wrecking of a termitary.

  • Then the guards with the ponies called out and warned the Cheyennes that the frightened animals were threatening to stampede.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
British Dictionary definitions for stampede


an impulsive headlong rush of startled cattle or horses
headlong rush of a crowd: a stampede of shoppers
any sudden large-scale movement or other action, such as a rush of people to support a candidate
(Western US & Canadian) a rodeo event featuring fairground and social elements
to run away or cause to run away in a stampede
Derived Forms
stampeder, noun
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish estampida, from Spanish: a din, from estampar to stamp, of Germanic origin; see stamp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for stampede

1828, from Mexican Spanish estampida, from Spanish, "an uproar," from estamper "to stamp, press, pound," from the same Germanic root that yielded English stamp (v.). The political sense is first recorded 1846. As the name of an annual exhibition of cowboy skills in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, it is attested from 1912.


1823; see stampede (n.). Related: Stampeded; stampeding.


1823; see stampede (n.). Related: Stampeded; stampeding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for stampede

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for stampede

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for stampede