- a sudden, frenzied rush or headlong flight of a herd of frightened animals, especially cattle or horses.
- any headlong general flight or rush.
- Western U.S., Canada. a celebration, usually held annually, combining a rodeo, contests, exhibitions, dancing, etc.
- to scatter or flee in a stampede: People stampeded from the burning theater.
- to make a general rush: On hearing of the sale, they stampeded to the store.
- to cause to stampede.
- to rush or overrun (a place): Customers stampeded the stores.
Origin of stampede
Examples from the Web for stampede
They are unleashed into the narrow streets of old Pamplona and forced to stampede, pursued by crazy guys in red scarfs.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
To prevent a stampede, U.S. soldiers shot tear gas into the crowd as they withdrew.Remembering the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s Mass ‘Boat People’ Exodus
April 30, 2014
Police say he continued to stab and slash as he returned to the hallway, causing other students to stampede away from him.Thank God the Murrysville School Attack Wasn’t Guns
April 9, 2014
The idea is to stampede others into pledging their money, too.The Man Oswald First Tried to Kill Before JFK
Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis
October 3, 2013
They all rushed the exits together, and there was not enough room to accommodate the stampede.The Anti-Plan B GOP: They Only Look Crazy
December 21, 2012
Among the strikers there was a break that swiftly spread and became a stampede.The Harbor
I was just mulish, I guess, because you were trying to stampede me.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
"A herd of mountain sheep on the stampede," was the Skipper's immediate verdict.The Fiery Totem
The miners were struggling with the demons of desire and ready to stampede at any moment.They of the High Trails
The porters, the tent boys, all were gone in a stampede for safety.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
- an impulsive headlong rush of startled cattle or horses
- headlong rush of a crowda stampede of shoppers
- any sudden large-scale movement or other action, such as a rush of people to support a candidate
- Western US and Canadian a rodeo event featuring fairground and social elements
- to run away or cause to run away in a stampede
Word Origin and History for stampede
1828, from Mexican Spanish estampida, from Spanish, "an uproar," from estamper "to stamp, press, pound," from the same Germanic root that yielded English stamp (v.). The political sense is first recorded 1846. As the name of an annual exhibition of cowboy skills in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, it is attested from 1912.
1823; see stampede (n.). Related: Stampeded; stampeding.