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stampede

[stam-peed]
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noun
  1. a sudden, frenzied rush or headlong flight of a herd of frightened animals, especially cattle or horses.
  2. any headlong general flight or rush.
  3. Western U.S., Canada. a celebration, usually held annually, combining a rodeo, contests, exhibitions, dancing, etc.
verb (used without object), stam·ped·ed, stam·ped·ing.
  1. to scatter or flee in a stampede: People stampeded from the burning theater.
  2. to make a general rush: On hearing of the sale, they stampeded to the store.
verb (used with object), stam·ped·ed, stam·ped·ing.
  1. to cause to stampede.
  2. 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 formsstam·ped·er, nounun·stam·ped·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stampeders

Historical Examples

  • At Skagway the army of "stampeders" swarmed up into the mountains.

    The Trail of a Sourdough

    May Kellogg Sullivan

  • He went down to meet the second car of stampeders, and his answer to them was the same.

    Wunpost

    Dane Coolidge

  • Thousands of horses and mules were employed by the stampeders.

    Alaska

    Ella Higginson

  • Small numbers marked the places where the stampeders had staked their claims.

    If Any Man Sin

    H. A. Cody

  • It was not long after Dick and Tom had left Martin's cabin that the stampeders arrived.

    If Any Man Sin

    H. A. Cody


British Dictionary definitions for stampeders

stampede

noun
  1. an impulsive headlong rush of startled cattle or horses
  2. headlong rush of a crowda stampede of shoppers
  3. any sudden large-scale movement or other action, such as a rush of people to support a candidate
  4. Western US and Canadian a rodeo event featuring fairground and social elements
verb
  1. to run away or cause to run away in a stampede
Derived Formsstampeder, 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

Word Origin and History for stampeders

stampede

n.

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.

stampede

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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