stampede

[ stam-peed ]
/ stæmˈpid /

noun

verb (used without object), stam·ped·ed, stam·ped·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), stam·ped·ed, stam·ped·ing.

to cause to stampede.
to rush or overrun (a place): Customers stampeded the stores.

Origin of stampede

1815–25, Americanism; < American Spanish estampida, Spanish, equivalent to estamp(ar) to stamp + -ida noun suffix

Related forms

stam·ped·er, nounun·stam·ped·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stampede

stampede

/ (stæmˈpiːd) /

noun

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

verb

to run away or cause to run away in a stampede

Derived Forms

stampeder, noun

Word Origin for stampede

C19: from American Spanish estampida, from Spanish: a din, from estampar to stamp, of Germanic origin; see stamp
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