Rampant Definition

Growing luxuriantly; flourishing.
Rampant plants.
Webster's New World
Spreading unchecked; widespread; rife.
Webster's New World
Occurring without restraint and frequently, widely, or menacingly; rife.
A rampant epidemic; rampant corruption in city government.
American Heritage
Violent and uncontrollable in action, manner, speech, etc.
Webster's New World
Rearing up on the hind legs.
Webster's New World

Origin of Rampant

  • 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

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

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

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