stamp

[ 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.

noun

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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

SYNONYMS FOR stamp

synonym study for stamp

4. See abolish.

OTHER WORDS FROM stamp

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stamp

stamp , stomp
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ABOUT THIS WORD

What else does stamp mean?

Content warning: the following content includes references to illicit drugs.

In slang, stamp can refer to LSD (acid) or a bag of heroin.

It can also be short for food stamps or the expression stamp of approval.

Where does stamp come from?

The drug slang stamps is recorded in the early 2000s. It can refer to drugs like LSD, also known as acid, when distributed as small, perforated tabs of paper soaked in the drug, said to resemble postage stamps (and said to have been distributed in prisons onto actual postage stamps since at least the 1970s).

It can also refer to small baggies of drugs, such as heroin, stamped with the logo or brand of a dealer.

Stamps can also be short for food stamps, a social welfare program (and term) started in 1939 to provide food to families living in poverty in the United States. Now formally known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, they originally took the form of coupons (hence stamps) redeemable for food at designated stores.

If someone stamps you, it could be a sign of their approval. This expression comes from a stamp of approval, after an official marking made by a rubber stamp. This was shortened by at least 2005 to stamp, as notably used by Eminem in his 2018 song “Venom,” where he says Dr. Dre gave him “his stamp like a postcard” (i.e., Dre was OK with Slim Shady).

How is stamp used in real life?

The meaning of stamp depends on context.

If someone is expressing that something meets with their approval, they might say Stamp!

But, when Fetty Wap raps that “Remy Boyz got the stamp” on “Trap Queen” (2014–15), he’s talking about dealing heroin—though he may be also punning off stamp’s sense as “approval.”

If someone is licking stamps, it can mean they are getting high on acid—or sending a postcard.

In other contexts, stamps refers to the government assistance of food stamps.

More examples of stamp:

“It’s basically a photo archive of all the various heroin stamps floating around the Brooklyn and Manhattan areas, with reviews of the product itself so that other users have a real-time directory of what’s going to make them nod off into a state of blissful, introspective somnolence, and what’s going to leave them puking water and bile for hours.”
—Jamie Clifton, Vice, March 2012

Note

This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.

Example sentences from the Web for stamp

British Dictionary definitions for stamp

stamp
/ (stæmp) /

verb

noun

See also stamp out

Derived forms of stamp

stamper, noun

Word Origin for stamp

Old English stampe; related to Old High German stampfōn to stamp, Old Norse stappa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with stamp

stamp

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