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[ stamp ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to strike or beat with a forcible, downward thrust of the foot.
  2. to bring (the foot) down forcibly or smartly on the ground, floor, etc.
  3. to extinguish, crush, etc., by striking with a forcible downward thrust of the foot (followed by out ):

    to stamp out a fire.

  4. to suppress or quell (a rebellion, uprising, etc.) quickly through the use of overwhelming force (usually followed by out ).

    Synonyms: quash, eliminate

  5. to crush or pound with or as with a pestle.
  6. to impress with a particular mark or device, as to indicate genuineness, approval, or ownership:

    to stamp a document with a seal.

  7. to mark or impress with a design, word, mark, etc.:

    Age stamped his face with lines.

  8. to impress (a design, word, mark, etc.) on:

    to stamp one's initials on a document.

  9. to affix a postage stamp to (a letter, envelope, etc.).
  10. to characterize, distinguish, or reveal:

    His ingenuity with words stamped him as a potential poet.

verb (used without object)

  1. to bring the foot down forcibly or smartly, as in crushing something, expressing rage, etc.
  2. to walk with forcible or heavy, resounding steps:

    He stamped out of the room in anger.


  1. a postage stamp.
  2. an act or instance of stamping.
  3. a die or block for impressing or imprinting.
  4. a design or legend made with such a die or block.
  5. an official mark indicating genuineness, validity, etc., or payment of a duty or charge.
  6. a peculiar or distinctive impression or mark:

    a great man who left his stamp on legal procedure.

  7. character, kind, or type:

    a woman of serious stamp.

  8. an official seal or device appearing on a business or legal document to show that a tax has been paid.
  9. Also called local, such a device, often similar to a postage stamp issued by a private organization to show that the charges for mail carrying have been paid.
  10. an instrument for stamping, crushing, or pounding.
  11. a heavy piece of iron or the like, as in a stamp mill, for crushing ore or other material.


/ stæmp /


  1. whenintr, often foll by on to bring (the foot) down heavily (on the ground, etc)
  2. intr to walk with heavy or noisy footsteps
  3. intrfoll byon to repress, extinguish, or eradicate

    he stamped on any criticism

  4. tr to impress or mark (a particular device or sign) on (something)
  5. to mark (something) with an official impress, seal, or device

    to stamp a passport

  6. tr to fix or impress permanently

    the date was stamped on her memory

  7. tr to affix a postage stamp to
  8. tr to distinguish or reveal

    that behaviour stamps him as a cheat

  9. to pound or crush (ores, etc)


  1. the act or an instance of stamping
    1. a mark applied to postage stamps for cancellation purposes
  2. a similar piece of gummed paper used for commercial or trading purposes
  3. a block, die, etc, used for imprinting a design or device
  4. a design, device, or mark that has been stamped
  5. a characteristic feature or trait; hallmark

    the story had the stamp of authenticity

  6. a piece of gummed paper or other mark applied to official documents to indicate payment of a fee, validity, ownership, etc
  7. informal.
    a national insurance contribution, formerly recorded by means of a stamp on an official card
  8. type or class

    we want to employ men of his stamp

  9. an instrument or machine for crushing or pounding ores, etc, or the pestle in such a device

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Derived Forms

  • ˈstamper, noun

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Other Words From

  • stampa·ble adjective
  • stampless adjective
  • mis·stamp verb (used with object)
  • non·stampa·ble adjective
  • pre·stamp noun verb (used with object)
  • re·stamp verb
  • super·stamp noun verb (used with object)
  • under·stamp noun
  • under·stamp verb (used with object)
  • un·stamped adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of stamp1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of stamp1

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

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Idioms and Phrases

In addition to the idiom beginning with stamp , also see rubber stamp .

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Synonym Study

See abolish.

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Example Sentences

Being a national park is a gold stamp of approval and excellence.

Three years later, according to the school, a package arrived with foreign stamps in the corner.

TechCrunch Editor-In-Chief Matthew Panzarino reviewed it in October and gave it his stamp of approval with very little reservation.

Daryl Morey has been the president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers for less than three weeks, but he has wasted no time putting his stamp on the team’s roster.

An in-person majority vote is all that’s needed for the committee to give its stamp of approval to Barrett and send her nomination to the full Senate floor.

Forget those silly “games played with the ball”; they are far “too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.”

The Federal Duck Stamp Act raised the fee on stamps needed to hunt waterfowl on federal land from $15 to $25.

Official Donetsk Republic business was log-jammed because the high command had only one stamp for documents and identity papers.

Ad after ad I saw described Hagan as a “rubber stamp,” almost zombie-esque follower of Obama.

The stamp of authenticity can transform a painting without value to one worth millions.

“You must leave this house this moment,” she cried, with a stamp, with gleaming eyes and very pale.

While she flitted into the next room to fetch a stamp, Mrs. Haughstone, her needles arrested in mid-air, looked steadily at Tom.

It need not mention the sum to be paid for the land; it can be signed with a lead pencil: a stamp signature will suffice.

They are all, however, marked by the stamp of genius, and give but little trouble to a well informed connoisseur.

Of the 27 members of the Stamp Act Congress, few if any were inclined to rash or venturesome measures.


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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


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.

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