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[tram-puh l]
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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.
  3. 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.
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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.
  3. to put out or extinguish by trampling (usually followed by out): to trample out a fire.
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  1. the act of trampling.
  2. the sound of trampling.
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Origin of trample

1350–1400; Middle English tramplen to stamp (cognate with German trampeln); see tramp, -le
Related formstram·pler, nounun·tram·pled, adjective
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Historical Examples

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

  • Trample, too, upon that parliament in their turn, and scornfully expel them as soon as they gave him ground of dissatisfaction?

  • "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

British Dictionary definitions for trample


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 hurtto trample on someone's feelings
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  1. the action or sound of trampling
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Derived Formstrampler, noun

Word Origin

C14: frequentative of tramp; compare Middle High German trampeln
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Word Origin and History for trample


late 14c., "to walk heavily," frequentative form of tramp. Transitive sense is first found 1520s. Related: Trampled; trampling.

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