- 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.
- 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 of rampantMiddle English ; from Old French present participle of ramper: see ramp
- 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 of rampantMiddle English rampaunt, from Old French rampant, present participle of ramper, to ramp; see ramp2.
(comparative more rampant, superlative most rampant)
- (originally) Rearing on both hind legs with the forelegs extended.
- The Vienna riding school displays splendid rampant movement.
- (heraldry) Rearing on its hind leg(s), with a foreleg raised and in profile.
- (architecture) Tilted, said of an arch with one side higher than the other.
- Unrestrained or unchecked, usually in a negative manner.
- Rife, or occurring widely, frequently or menacingly.
- There was rampant corruption in the city.
Recorded since 1382, "standing on the hind legs" (as in heraldry), later, "fierce, ravenous" (1387); from Old French rampant, the past present participle of ramper (“to creep, climb”)