[noun ram-peyj; verb ram-peyj, ram-peyj]


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
Related formsram·pag·er, noun

Synonyms for rampage

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Contemporary Examples of rampage

Historical Examples of rampage

  • By this means his numbers were soon recruited, and he was again on the rampage.

  • All the women in Jenkintown seemed on the rampage, at least all those we are dealing with.

  • That's a narrow-gauge line, and Clear Creek 's been on a rampage.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

  • Oh, you don't know how I long to go on the rampage sometimes!

    The Hero

    William Somerset Maugham

  • It's pretty hard not to shoot out there where men go on the rampage so often.

    The Eagle's Heart

    Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for rampage


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 Formsrampageous, adjectiverampageously, adverbrampageousness, nounrampager, noun

Word Origin for rampage

C18: from Scottish, of uncertain origin; perhaps based on ramp
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Word Origin and History for rampage

1715, in Scottish, probably from Middle English verb ramp "rave, rush wildly about" (c.1300), especially of beasts rearing on their hind legs, as if climbing, from Old French ramper (see ramp (n.1), also cf. rampant). Related: Rampaged; rampaging.


1861, from rampage (v.).

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Idioms and Phrases with rampage


see on a rampage.

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