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Origin of ramp

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English verb ra(u)mpen “to creep, crawl, climb,” from Old French ramper, ranper; “to creep, crawl, climb”; noun from French rampe, derivative of ramper

OTHER WORDS FROM ramp

ramp·ing·ly, adverbun·ramped, adjective

Other definitions for ramp (2 of 2)

ramp2
[ 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.
Also called wild leek .

Origin of ramp

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First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from ramps, ramson, variant (with intrusive p) of rams, earlier rammys, originally the singular of ramson
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How to use ramp in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ramp

ramp
/ (ræmp) /

noun
verb
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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