verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- stamp act,
- stamp collecting,
- stamp duty,
- stamp mill,
- stamp out
Origin of stamp
Examples from the Web for stamp
Forget those silly “games played with the ball”; they are far “too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.”
Official Donetsk Republic business was log-jammed because the high command had only one stamp for documents and identity papers.
The stamp of authenticity can transform a painting without value to one worth millions.Are Over Half the Works on the Art Market Really Fakes?|Tom Sykes|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, it is giving a flawed, dangerous process the stamp of approval.
The stamp of approval from the Federal Drug Administration, one of three agencies that must sign off, came within days.Why Did America’s Only Pot Researcher Suddenly Get Fired?|Abby Haglage|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If Mr. Carter did not like clerical characters of her stamp, neither did she like them of the stamp of Mr. Carter.Castle Richmond|Anthony Trollope
He was a decidedly handsome young fellow, but with the stamp of dissipation already on his countenance.Blue Lights|R.M. Ballantyne
I have had a stamp made of the figure and have helped it a great deal, I am sure you will think.
The stamp duties are very heavy; there are land and house taxes, and a personal tax.A tour through some parts of France, Switzerland, Savoy, Germany and Belgium|Richard Boyle Bernard
Said I not well that few lives have ever been lived which have left such a stamp on a community?Mercy Philbrick's Choice|Helen Hunt Jackson
- See postage stamp
- a mark applied to postage stamps for cancellation purposes
Word Origin for stamp
Old English stempan "to pound in a mortar, stamp," from Proto-Germanic *stampojanan (cf. Old Norse stappa, Middle Dutch stampen, Old High German stampfon, German stampfen "to stamp with the foot, beat, pound," German Stampfe "pestle"), from nasalized form of PIE root *stebh- "to support, place firmly on" (cf. Greek stembein "to trample, misuse;" see staff (n.)). The meaning "impress or mark (something) with a die" is first recorded 1560.
Related: Stamped; stamping. To stamp out "extinguish (a fire) by stamping on it" is attested from 1851 in the figurative sense. Stamping ground "one's particular territory" (1821) is from the notion of animals. Italian stampa "stamp, impression," Spanish estampar "to stamp, print," French estamper "to stamp, impress" are Germanic loan-words.
mid-15c., "stamping tool," from stamp (v.). Sense of "official mark or imprint" (to certify that duty has been paid on what has been printed or written) dates from 1540s; transferred 1837 to adhesive labels issued by governments to serve the same purpose as impressed stamps. Stamp-collecting is from 1862.
In addition to the idiom beginning with stamp
- stamping ground
- stamp out
- rubber stamp