Rampant meaning

rămpənt
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.

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Occurring without restraint and frequently, widely, or menacingly; rife.

A rampant epidemic; rampant corruption in city government.

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Extending unchecked; unrestrained.

A rampant growth of weeds in the neglected yard.

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Spreading unchecked; widespread; rife.
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Violent and uncontrollable in action, manner, speech, etc.
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(archit.) Having one abutment higher than the other.
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(architecture) Springing from a support or an abutment that is higher at one side than at the other.

A rampant arch.

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Growing luxuriantly; flourishing.

Rampant plants.

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(originally) Rearing on both hind legs with the forelegs extended.
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(heraldry) Rearing on its hind leg(s), with a foreleg raised and in profile.
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(architecture) Tilted, said of an arch with one side higher than the other.
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Unrestrained or unchecked, usually in a negative manner.
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Origin of rampant

  • Middle English rampaunt from Old French rampant present participle of ramper to ramp ramp2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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")

    From Wiktionary