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[tram-puh l] /ˈtræm pəl/
verb (used without object), trampled, trampling.
to tread or step heavily and noisily; stamp.
to tread heavily, roughly, or crushingly (usually followed by on, upon, or over):
to trample on a flower bed.
to act in a harsh, domineering, or cruel manner, as if treading roughly (usually followed by on, upon, or over):
to trample on another's feelings.
verb (used with object), trampled, trampling.
to tread heavily, roughly, or carelessly on or over; tread underfoot.
to domineer harshly over; crush:
to trample law and order.
to put out or extinguish by trampling (usually followed by out):
to trample out a fire.
the act of trampling.
the sound of trampling.
Origin of trample
1350-1400; Middle English tramplen to stamp (cognate with German trampeln); see tramp, -le
Related forms
trampler, noun
untrampled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trample
  • Something startles them on their walk home, and the anxious chipmunks accidentally trample through their neighbors flower garden.
  • Yak herding increases every year, and the animals trample the buntings' nests.
  • Critters big and small trample, crush, and plow rocks as they scurry across the surface and burrow underground.
  • Never uproot or cut wildflowers, and be careful not to trample the plants.
  • But encroaching farming threatens to trample the flower and its habitat.
  • No matter who created the borders, they would have had to trample over some of those tribal lines.
  • Other animals dig and trample rock aboveground, causing rock to slowly crumble.
  • Even hiking, over a long period of time, can trample saplings or prevent new ones from taking root.
  • The government is going to trample all over your private and personal matters.
  • Others suggest that this change would trample the rights of creditors and raise borrowing costs.
British Dictionary definitions for trample


verb when intr, usually foll by on, upon, or over
to stamp or walk roughly (on): to trample the flowers
to encroach (upon) so as to violate or hurt: to trample on someone's feelings
the action or sound of trampling
Derived Forms
trampler, noun
Word Origin
C14: frequentative of tramp; compare Middle High German trampeln
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Word Origin and History for trample

late 14c., "to walk heavily," frequentative form of tramp. Transitive sense is first found 1520s. Related: Trampled; trampling.

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