[ noun ram-peyj; verb ram-peyj, ram-peyj ]
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  1. violent or excited behavior that is reckless, uncontrolled, or destructive.

  2. a state of violent anger or agitation: The smallest mistake sends him into a rampage. The river has gone on a rampage and flooded the countryside.

verb (used without object),ram·paged, ram·pag·ing.
  1. to rush, move, or act furiously or violently: a bull elephant rampaging through the jungle.

Origin of rampage

First recorded in 1705–15; ramp1 + -age

Other words for rampage

Other words from rampage

  • ram·pag·er, noun

Words Nearby rampage

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British Dictionary definitions for rampage


  1. (intr) to rush about in an angry, violent, or agitated fashion

noun(ˈræmpeɪdʒ, ræmˈpeɪdʒ)
  1. angry or destructive behaviour

  2. on the rampage behaving violently or destructively

Origin of rampage

C18: from Scottish, of uncertain origin; perhaps based on ramp

Derived forms of rampage

  • rampageous, adjective
  • rampageously, adverb
  • rampageousness, noun
  • rampager, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with rampage


see on a rampage.

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