from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A course of violent, frenzied behavior or action.
  • intransitive v. To move about wildly or violently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A course of violent, frenzied action.
  • v. To move about wildly or violently

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Violent or riotous behavior; a state of excitement, passion, or debauchery.
  • intransitive v. To leap or prance about, as an animal; to be violent; to rage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To act or move in a ramping manner; spring or rush violently; rage or storm about.
  • To run or prance about; move springily or friskily; romp; riot.
  • n. A leaping or jumping about, as from anger or excitement; violent or furious movement; excited action of any kind: as, to be on the rampage; to go on a rampage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act violently, recklessly, or destructively
  • n. violently angry and destructive behavior


Scots, possibly from ramp2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English rampĀ ("rave, rush wildly about"), from Old French ramper. (Wiktionary)


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