from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To beat down with the feet so as to crush, bruise, or destroy; tramp on.
  • transitive v. To treat harshly or ruthlessly: would trample anyone who got in their way.
  • intransitive v. To tread heavily or destructively: trampling on the flowers.
  • intransitive v. To inflict injury as if by treading heavily: "trampling on the feelings of those about you” ( Thornton Wilder).
  • n. The action or sound of trampling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To crush and destroy something by walking on it.
  • v. To treat someone harshly.
  • v. To walk heavily and destructively.
  • v. To cause emotional injury as if by trampling.
  • n. the sound of heavy footsteps

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of treading under foot; also, the sound produced by trampling.
  • intransitive v. To tread with force and rapidity; to stamp.
  • intransitive v. To tread in contempt; -- with on or upon.
  • transitive v. To tread under foot; to tread down; to prostrate by treading.
  • transitive v. Fig.: To treat with contempt and insult.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat or tread down by the tramping or stamping of feet, or by frequent treading; prostrate or crush by treading under foot; tread upon or tread down, literally or figuratively.
  • To tread with repeated force and shock; stamp; hence, to tramp roughshod; tread roughly or contemptuously.
  • n. A frequent heavy or rough tread; a trampling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. walk on and flatten
  • v. tread or stomp heavily or roughly
  • v. injure by trampling or as if by trampling
  • n. the sound of heavy treading or stomping


Middle English tramplen, frequentative of trampen, to tramp; see tramp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
tramp +‎ -le (frequentative). (Wiktionary)



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