[ stamp ]
/ stæmp /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to bring the foot down forcibly or smartly, as in crushing something, expressing rage, etc.
to walk with forcible or heavy, resounding steps: He stamped out of the room in anger.


Origin of stamp

1150–1200; (v.) early Middle English stampen to pound, crush, probably continuing Old English *stampian (cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German stampen, Old High German stampfōn, Old Norse stappa); sense development apparently influenced by Old French estamper to stamp < Germanic; (noun) late Middle English: instrument for stamping an impression; partly derivative of the v., partly < Old French estampe, derivative of estamper

Related forms

Can be confused

stamp stomp

Synonym study

4. See abolish. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for restamp

  • The figure is taken from the process of melting down coins in order to restamp them.

    Milton's Comus|John Milton

British Dictionary definitions for restamp


/ (stæmp) /



See also stamp out

Derived Forms

stamper, noun

Word Origin for stamp

Old English stampe; related to Old High German stampfōn to stamp, Old Norse stappa
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Idioms and Phrases with restamp


In addition to the idiom beginning with stamp

  • stamping ground
  • stamp out

also see:

  • rubber stamp
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