• IPA: /ˈɹæm.pənt/


  1. (originally) Rearing on both hind legs with the forelegs extended.
    The Vienna riding school displays splendid rampant movement.
  2. (heraldry) Rearing up, especially on its hind leg(s), with a foreleg raised and in profile.
    • 1846, Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado
      ‘I forget your coat of arms.’
      ‘A human foot d’or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel.’
    • , Thomas Hardy, The Well-Beloved
      little pieces of moustache on his upper lip, like a pair of minnows rampant
  3. (architecture) Tilted, said of an arch with one side higher than the other, or a vault whose two abutments are located on an inclined plane.
  4. Unrestrained or unchecked, usually in a negative manner.
    Weeds are rampant in any neglected garden.
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "Man City 4-1 Man Utd ↗", BBC Sport, 22 September 2013:
      In contrast to the despair of his opposite number, it was a day of delight for new City boss Manuel Pellegrini as he watched the rampant Blues make a powerful statement about their Premier League ambitions.
  5. Rife, or occurring widely, frequently or menacingly.
    There was rampant corruption in the city.
Related terms Translations
  • German: sich aufbäumend
  • Russian: стоя́щий на за́дних ла́пах
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: неистовый

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