- to tread or step heavily and noisily; stamp.
- to tread heavily, roughly, or crushingly (usually followed by on, upon, or over): to trample on a flower bed.
- 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.
- to tread heavily, roughly, or carelessly on or over; tread underfoot.
- to domineer harshly over; crush: to trample law and order.
- to put out or extinguish by trampling (usually followed by out): to trample out a fire.
- the act of trampling.
- the sound of trampling.
Origin of trample
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Examples from the Web for trampled
Trampled vegetation showed them the path to the firing place.The Flaming Mountain
Harold Leland Goodwin
Trampled by the buffalo, every bush and low tree had been stripped bare.Scouting with Daniel Boone
Everett T. Tomlinson
Trampled down by the ignoble feet of strangers, its springs still retain force enough to restore itself.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
Trampled upon, broken-spirited, and as if that's not enough, in my idiocy I must needs fall in love!The Storm
Aleksandr Nicolaevich Ostrovsky
Trampled upon by the terrified horses and wounded by the arrows, they lay writhing on the ground in agony.Life of Edward the Black Prince
- to stamp or walk roughly (on)to trample the flowers
- to encroach (upon) so as to violate or hurtto trample on someone's feelings
- the action or sound of trampling
C14: frequentative of tramp; compare Middle High German trampeln
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Word Origin and History for trampled
late 14c., "to walk heavily," frequentative form of tramp. Transitive sense is first found 1520s. Related: Trampled; trampling.
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