[ noun ram-peyj; verb ram-peyj, ram-peyj ]
/ noun ˈræm peɪdʒ; verb ræmˈpeɪdʒ, ˈræm peɪdʒ /


violent or excited behavior that is reckless, uncontrolled, or destructive.
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.

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


ram·pag·er, noun
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verb (ræmˈpeɪdʒ)

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

noun (ˈræmpeɪdʒ, ræmˈpeɪdʒ)

angry or destructive behaviour
on the rampage behaving violently or destructively

Derived forms of rampage

rampageous, adjectiverampageously, adverbrampageousness, nounrampager, noun

Word Origin for rampage

C18: from Scottish, of uncertain origin; perhaps based on ramp
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Idioms and Phrases with rampage


see on a rampage.

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