[ 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.


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

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British Dictionary definitions for stamp


/ (stæmp) /



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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