[ tram-puhl ]
See synonyms for: trampletrampledtrampling on

verb (used without object),tram·pled, tram·pling.
  1. to tread or step heavily and noisily; stamp.

  2. to tread heavily, roughly, or crushingly (usually followed by on, upon, or over): to trample on a flower bed.

  1. to act in a harsh, domineering, or cruel manner, as if treading roughly (usually followed by on, upon, or over): to trample on another's feelings.

verb (used with object),tram·pled, tram·pling.
  1. to tread heavily, roughly, or carelessly on or over; tread underfoot.

  2. to domineer harshly over; crush: to trample law and order.

  1. to put out or extinguish by trampling (usually followed by out): to trample out a fire.

  1. the act of trampling.

  2. the sound of trampling.

Origin of trample

1350–1400; Middle English tramplen to stamp (cognate with German trampeln); see tramp, -le

Other words from trample

  • trampler, noun
  • un·tram·pled, adjective

Words Nearby trample Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use trample in a sentence

  • "trample on my feelings as much as you like," and as he arranged Sylvia's cushions he gave a second sharp glance at her face.

    The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham
  • trample not on any; there may be some work of grace there, that thou knowest not of.

    Aids to Reflection | Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • trample me with the blessed weight of the adorable feet which crushed the serpent!

    Very Woman | Remy de Gourmont
  • trample, too, upon that parliament in their turn, and scornfully expel them as soon as they gave him ground of dissatisfaction?

  • trample out Protestantism; or drive it into remote nooks, where under sad conditions it might protract an unnoticed existence.

British Dictionary definitions for trample


/ (ˈtræmpəl) /

verb(when intr, usually foll by on, upon, or over)
  1. to stamp or walk roughly (on): to trample the flowers

  2. to encroach (upon) so as to violate or hurt: to trample on someone's feelings

  1. the action or sound of trampling

Origin of trample

C14: frequentative of tramp; compare Middle High German trampeln

Derived forms of trample

  • trampler, noun

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