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stampede

[stam-peed] /stæmˈpid/
noun
1.
a sudden, frenzied rush or headlong flight of a herd of frightened animals, especially cattle or horses.
2.
any headlong general flight or rush.
3.
Western U.S., Canada. a celebration, usually held annually, combining a rodeo, contests, exhibitions, dancing, etc.
verb (used without object), stampeded, stampeding.
4.
to scatter or flee in a stampede:
People stampeded from the burning theater.
5.
to make a general rush:
On hearing of the sale, they stampeded to the store.
verb (used with object), stampeded, stampeding.
6.
to cause to stampede.
7.
to rush or overrun (a place):
Customers stampeded the stores.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism; < American Spanish estampida, Spanish, equivalent to estamp(ar) to stamp + -ida noun suffix
Related forms
stampeder, noun
unstampeded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stampedes

stampede

/stæmˈpiːd/
noun
1.
an impulsive headlong rush of startled cattle or horses
2.
headlong rush of a crowd: a stampede of shoppers
3.
any sudden large-scale movement or other action, such as a rush of people to support a candidate
4.
(Western US & Canadian) a rodeo event featuring fairground and social elements
verb
5.
to run away or cause to run away in a stampede
Derived Forms
stampeder, noun
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish estampida, from Spanish: a din, from estampar to stamp, of Germanic origin; see stamp
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Word Origin and History for stampedes

stampede

n.

1828, from Mexican Spanish estampida, from Spanish, "an uproar," from estamper "to stamp, press, pound," from the same Germanic root that yielded English stamp (v.). The political sense is first recorded 1846. As the name of an annual exhibition of cowboy skills in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, it is attested from 1912.

v.

1823; see stampede (n.). Related: Stampeded; stampeding.

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