[ stam-peed ]
/ stæmˈpid /


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.

Nearby words

  1. stamp duty,
  2. stamp mill,
  3. stamp out,
  4. stamp tax,
  5. stamped,
  6. stamper,
  7. stamping ground,
  8. stan,
  9. stance,
  10. stanch

Origin of stampede

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

Related formsstam·ped·er, nounun·stam·ped·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stampeder

  • 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 Formsstampeder, 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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Word Origin and History for stampeder
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