Origin of ramp

1
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
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Examples from the Web for ramped

Contemporary Examples of ramped

Historical Examples of ramped

  • He ramped about the room like a wild beast in a confined cage.

  • I ramped and I stamped; I banned and I bellowed like desperation.

    The Provost

    John Galt

  • As the chain swung we saw the crate was really a clumsy cage in which ramped a huge and tawny form.

  • There was a dusky room hung with blue stuffs where dragons black and gold crawled and ramped.

  • He ramped through the scenes of the romance, said Clarke, like a young horse turned into a spring meadow.

    Life of John Keats

    William Michael Rossetti


British Dictionary definitions for ramped

ramp

noun

a sloping floor, path, etc, that joins two surfaces at different levels
a movable stairway by which passengers enter and leave an aircraft
the act of ramping
British slang a swindle, esp one involving exorbitant prices
another name for sleeping policeman

verb

(intr ; often foll by about or around) (esp of animals) to rush around in a wild excited manner
to act in a violent or threatening manner, as when angry (esp in the phrase ramp and rage)
(tr) finance to buy (a security) in the market with the object of raising its price and enhancing the image of the company behind it for financial gain
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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Word Origin and History for ramped

ramp

n.1

1778, "slope," from French rampe, back-formation from Old French verb ramper "to climb, scale, mount;" see ramp (v.). Meaning "road on or off a major highway" is from 1952, American English.

ramp

n.2

"rude, boisterous girl or woman," mid-15c., perhaps from ramp (v.). Cf. romp in Johnson's Dictionary (1755): "a rude, awkward, boisterous, untaught girl."

ramp

v.

c.1300, "to climb; to stand on the hind legs" (of animals), from Old French ramper "to climb, scale, mount" (12c., in Modern French "to creep, crawl"), perhaps from Frankish *rampon "to contract oneself" (cf. Old High German rimpfan "to wrinkle," Old English hrimpan "to fold, wrinkle"), via notion of the bodily contraction involved in climbing [Klein], from Proto-Germanic *hrimp- "to contract oneself." Related: Ramped; ramping.

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