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[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.
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Examples from the Web for stampeders
Historical Examples
  • They's a thousand stampeders ahead of us, an' that creek ain't no hundred miles long.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • 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
  • The rest of the stampeders are reported to be in Baltimore and Philadelphia, and no one knows where else.

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

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
  • Half an hour later, the hill was climbed and the dogs unharnessed at the cabin door, the sixty stampeders grimly attendant.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • Smoke quickened, and was soon at the rear of the nearest bunch of stampeders.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • When the stampeders resented being passed, he retorted in kind.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • During it Walt Lampson had found time to consider his course of action against the stampeders of his herd.

British Dictionary definitions for stampeders


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
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Word Origin and History for stampeders



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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