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[tram-puh l] /ˈtræm pəl/
verb (used without object), trampled, trampling.
to tread or step heavily and noisily; stamp.
to tread heavily, roughly, or crushingly (usually followed by on, upon, or over):
to trample on a flower bed.
to act in a harsh, domineering, or cruel manner, as if treading roughly (usually followed by on, upon, or over):
to trample on another's feelings.
verb (used with object), trampled, trampling.
to tread heavily, roughly, or carelessly on or over; tread underfoot.
to domineer harshly over; crush:
to trample law and order.
to put out or extinguish by trampling (usually followed by out):
to trample out a fire.
the act of trampling.
the sound of trampling.
Origin of trample
1350-1400; Middle English tramplen to stamp (cognate with German trampeln); see tramp, -le
Related forms
trampler, noun
untrampled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for trampled
Historical Examples
  • trampled vegetation showed them the path to the firing place.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • trampled by the buffalo, every bush and low tree had been stripped bare.

    Scouting with Daniel Boone Everett T. Tomlinson
  • trampled down by the ignoble feet of strangers, its springs still retain force enough to restore itself.

    English Past and Present Richard Chevenix Trench
  • trampled upon, broken-spirited, and as if that's not enough, in my idiocy I must needs fall in love!

    The Storm Aleksandr Nicolaevich Ostrovsky
  • trampled upon by the terrified horses and wounded by the arrows, they lay writhing on the ground in agony.

  • trampled up from the dry fields by fighting men in scores of thousands it rose in vast floating clouds that permeated everything.

    The Sword of Antietam Joseph A. Altsheler
  • trampled by muddy German boots were the fine whiteness of French bed-linen.

    Sketches of the East Africa Campaign

    Robert Valentine Dolbey
British Dictionary definitions for trampled


verb when intr, usually foll by on, upon, or over
to stamp or walk roughly (on): to trample the flowers
to encroach (upon) so as to violate or hurt: to trample on someone's feelings
the action or sound of trampling
Derived Forms
trampler, noun
Word Origin
C14: frequentative of tramp; compare Middle High German trampeln
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Word Origin and History for trampled



late 14c., "to walk heavily," frequentative form of tramp. Transitive sense is first found 1520s. Related: Trampled; trampling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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