from The Century Dictionary.

  • Forward; thoughtless; headstrong.
  • The hairum-scairum, ram-stam boys.
  • noun A giddy, forward person.
  • Precipitately; headlong.


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  • "I played the gomeral brawly, but in the darkness we blundered ram-stam through the Sassenach lines."

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45

  • She but to have come in ram-stam an 'stern forrit; for the bows of her are aften under, and the back-side of her is clear at hie-water o' neaps.

    Merry Men

  • We cannot patronise the practice of walking in large parties of ten or a score, ram-stam and helter-skelter, on to the front-green or gravel-walk of any private nobleman's or gentleman's house, to enjoy, from a commanding station, an extensive or picturesque view of the circumjacent country.

    Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2


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  • Not like that repellent damn sham

    That callously plays with "wham bam,"

    But just helter-skelter,

    An innocent welter.

    There's nought to offend in ram-stam.

    July 28, 2016