[ stam-peed ]
/ stæmˈpid /
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.
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.
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Origin of stampede
1815–25, Americanism; < American Spanish estampida, Spanish, equivalent to estamp(ar) to stamp + -ida noun suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM stampedestam·ped·er, nounun·stam·ped·ed, adjective
Words nearby stampede
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She is called a good "stampeder," has a pleasant, smiling face, but is usually designated "notorious."A Woman who went to Alaska|May Kellogg Sullivan
British Dictionary definitions for stampeder
/ (stæmˈpiːd) /
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
Derived forms of stampedestampeder, 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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