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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 trampled
  • Even being trampled by kids or dogs or run over by a lawnmower doesn't faze them for long.
  • Small wonder then that their paw prints are trampled all over the pursuit of science.
  • Monumental and monochromatic public works had risen on the trampled foundations of prerevolutionary pastel palaces.
  • But as art moved increasingly toward art for art's sake, it trampled on nature's territory.
  • Those answers flopped not because you accidently trampled someone's personal pixie, but because they were crappy answers.
  • Honest citizens see that only the rights of the government are being trampled, not those of the settlers.
  • Fortunately, the experiment also revealed a simple way to tell if a site has been trampled.
  • Our afternoon survey leads to a trampled-down rendezvous site.
  • The bones were as brittle as chalk and had been trampled.
  • We had religious people intermingling with non-religious people and no one felt alienated or trampled on or pressured.
British Dictionary definitions for trampled


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 trampled



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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