verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of stamp
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OTHER WORDS FROM stamp
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stampstamp stomp
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What else does stamp mean?
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!
Hillary got the official stamp from Beyonce, she should win now.
— Chuckus Godfrey 🇬🇭 (@TheFrugalScribe) November 5, 2016
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.
Regulating what they can buy on stamps is very weird gives dictator vibes
— Tyriq Harris (@TyriqHarris) February 13, 2018
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
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Example sentences 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
British Dictionary definitions for stamp
- See postage stamp
- a mark applied to postage stamps for cancellation purposes
Derived forms of stampstamper, noun
Word Origin for stamp
Idioms and Phrases with stamp
In addition to the idiom beginning with stamp
- stamping ground
- stamp out
- rubber stamp