- 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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- 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
Word Origin for trample
C14: frequentative of tramp; compare Middle High German trampeln
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
late 14c., "to walk heavily," frequentative form of tramp. Transitive sense is first found 1520s. Related: Trampled; trampling.
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