- 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 stampeder
Historical Examples of stampeder
- 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 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.