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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.
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 trampling
  • Bingeing on fermented fruits, inebriated elephants go on trampling sprees and wasted birds plummet from their perches.
  • They cannot prove that the marks are not the result of trampling, he insists.
  • They contend that the alleged butchery marks are better explained as marks inflicted by animals trampling on the bones.
  • But scientists have found a new ally in the struggle to keep elephants from trampling crops: honeybees.
  • Apparently trampling newly sown seed produces happy carrots.
  • But he says few new conifers are sprouting, possibly from too much trampling.
  • The horses' grazing and trampling endangers native wildlife such as ground-nesting birds and sea turtles.
  • And trampling with his hoofs, the blunted weapons broke.
  • There was a shouting all about him, a trampling of feet, and a cheer that seemed to be answered faintly.
  • The workaday world could carry on its business without trampling the memory of the dead.
British Dictionary definitions for trampling


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 trampling



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

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