- a sudden, headlong running away of a group of frightened animals, esp. horses or cattle
- a confused, headlong rush or flight of a large group of people
- any sudden, impulsive, spontaneous mass movement: a stampede to support a candidate
Origin of stampedeAmerican Spanish estampida from Sp, a crash, uproar from estampar, to stamp from Germanic an unverified form stampjan, stamp
intransitive verb-·ped′ed, -·ped′ing
- to cause to stampede
- to make a headlong charge at or upon as a group: panicked patrons stampeded the exits
- A sudden frenzied rush of panic-stricken animals.
- A sudden headlong rush or flight of a crowd of people.
- A mass impulsive action: a stampede of support for the candidate.
verbstam·ped·ed, stam·ped·ing, stam·pedes
- To cause (a herd of animals) to flee in panic.
- To cause (a person or group) to act impulsively: He refused to be stampeded into making a rash decision.
- To trample in a stampede.
- To flee or rush in a stampede.
- To act on mass impulse.
Origin of stampedeSpanish estampida uproar, stampede from Provençal from estampir to stamp of Germanic origin Middle English stampen to pound, stamp
- A wild, headlong scamper, or running away, of a number of animals; usually caused by fright; hence, any sudden flight or dispersion, as of a crowd or an army in consequence of a panic.
- She and her husband would join in the general stampede. -W. Black.
- A situation in which many people in a crowd are trying to go in the same direction at the same time.
- The annual Muslim Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is attended by millions of pilgrims, has increasingly suffered from stampedes.
(third-person singular simple present stampedes, present participle stampeding, simple past and past participle stampeded)
- (intransitive) To run away in a panic; said of cattle, horses, etc., also of armies.
- To disperse by causing sudden fright, as a herd or drove of animals.
From Spanish estampida (“a stampede") (in America), estampido (“a crackling"), akin to estampar (“to stamp").