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 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 stampeders

Historical Examples of stampeders

  • At Skagway the army of "stampeders" swarmed up into the mountains.

    The Trail of a Sourdough

    May Kellogg Sullivan

  • He went down to meet the second car of stampeders, and his answer to them was the same.


    Dane Coolidge

  • Thousands of horses and mules were employed by the stampeders.


    Ella Higginson

  • Small numbers marked the places where the stampeders had staked their claims.

    If Any Man Sin

    H. A. Cody

  • It was not long after Dick and Tom had left Martin's cabin that the stampeders arrived.

    If Any Man Sin

    H. A. Cody

British Dictionary definitions for stampeders



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 stampeders



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.

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