adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, present participle of ramper Date: 14th century 1. a. rearing upon the hind legs with forelegs extended b. standing on one hind foot with one foreleg raised above the other and the head in profile — used of a heraldic animal 2. a. marked by a menacing wildness, extravagance, or absence of restraint <
rampant rumors
b. profusely widespread <
rampant weeds
rampantly adverb

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