- The definition of rampant is something that exists in large quantities or that grows and expands unrestrained.
An example of rampant is when ants have invaded your kitchen.
Rampant ants.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- growing luxuriantly; flourishing: rampant plants
- spreading unchecked; widespread; rife
- violent and uncontrollable in action, manner, speech, etc.
- Archit. having one abutment higher than the other: said of an arch
- rearing up on the hind legs
- Heraldry depicted thus in profile, with one forepaw raised above the other: a lion rampant
Origin: Middle English from OFr, present participle of ramper: see ramp
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- Extending unchecked; unrestrained: a rampant growth of weeds in the neglected yard.
- Occurring without restraint and frequently, widely, or menacingly; rife: a rampant epidemic; rampant corruption in city government.
- a. Rearing on the hind legs.b. Heraldry Rearing on the left hind leg with the forelegs elevated, the right above the left, and usually with the head in profile.
- Architecture Springing from a support or an abutment that is higher at one side than at the other: a rampant arch.
Origin: Middle English rampaunt, from Old French rampant, present participle of ramper, to ramp; see ramp2.
- ramˈpan·cy noun
- ramˈpant·ly adverb