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.


Nearby words

  1. stammer,
  2. stammering,
  3. stammrel,
  4. stammtisch,
  5. stamnos,
  6. stamp act,
  7. stamp collecting,
  8. stamp duty,
  9. stamp mill,
  10. stamp out

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 confusedstamp stomp

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for stamp

British Dictionary definitions for stamp



(when intr , often foll by on) to bring (the foot) down heavily (on the ground, etc)
(intr) to walk with heavy or noisy footsteps
(intr foll by on) to repress, extinguish, or eradicatehe stamped on any criticism
(tr) to impress or mark (a particular device or sign) on (something)
to mark (something) with an official impress, seal, or deviceto stamp a passport
(tr) to fix or impress permanentlythe date was stamped on her memory
(tr) to affix a postage stamp to
(tr) to distinguish or revealthat behaviour stamps him as a cheat
to pound or crush (ores, etc)


the act or an instance of stamping
  1. See postage stamp
  2. a mark applied to postage stamps for cancellation purposes
a similar piece of gummed paper used for commercial or trading purposes
a block, die, etc, used for imprinting a design or device
a design, device, or mark that has been stamped
a characteristic feature or trait; hallmarkthe story had the stamp of authenticity
a piece of gummed paper or other mark applied to official documents to indicate payment of a fee, validity, ownership, etc
British informal a national insurance contribution, formerly recorded by means of a stamp on an official card
type or classwe want to employ men of his stamp
an instrument or machine for crushing or pounding ores, etc, or the pestle in such a device
See also stamp out

Derived Formsstamper, noun

Word Origin for stamp

Old English stampe; related to Old High German stampfōn to stamp, Old Norse stappa

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Word Origin and History for stamp
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Idioms and Phrases with stamp


In addition to the idiom beginning with stamp

  • stamping ground
  • stamp out

also see:

  • rubber stamp
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