Nearby words

  1. ramos-horta,
  2. ramose,
  3. ramosely,
  4. ramosity,
  5. ramous,
  6. ramp down,
  7. ramp up,
  8. rampage,
  9. rampageous,
  10. rampageously

Origin of ramp

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English rampen < Old French ramper to creep, crawl, climb; (noun) < French rampe, derivative of ramper

Related formsramp·ing·ly, adverbun·ramped, adjective


[ ramp ]
/ ræmp /

noun Usually ramps.

a wild onion, Allium tricoccum, of the amaryllis family, of eastern North America, having flat leaves and rounded clusters of whitish flowers; eaten raw or used as a flavoring in cooked foods.

Origin of ramp

1530–40; back formation from ramps ramson, variant (with intrusive p) of rams, earlier rammys, orig. the singular of ramson

Also called wild leek. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ramp


/ (ræmp) /



See also ramp down, ramp up

Word Origin for ramp

C18 (n): from C13 rampe, from Old French ramper to crawl or rear, probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German ramp cramp

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