- 1(Especially of something unwelcome) flourishing or spreading unchecked: political violence was rampant rampant inflationMore example sentences
- Online rumors and misinformation are rampant and can spread like wildfire.
- One of the more insidious invasions of our privacy rights is the rampant spread of drug tests in the American workplace.
- This job, more than any other, has really opened my eyes to just how rampant and unchecked mental illness is these days.
- 1.1Unrestrained in action or performance: rampant sexMore example sentences
- So it seems they are logging on to my website expecting photos of rampant sex in a car park and finding photos of wild flowers instead.
- See, normally these Emanuelle flicks are little more than goofy showcases for rampant nudity and sex, but that isn't the case here.
- Are some men having rampant, unprotected sex because they're high?
- 1.2(Of a plant) lush in growth; luxuriant: a rich soil soon becomes home to rampant weedsMore example sentences
- The weeds and rampant vegetation seem to be dying off, as if the owner has run amok with a weedkiller can a few years too late.
- Cracked masonry, incessant graffiti and rampant weeds completed an image of decrepitude.
- The rampant vines produce numerous pods that turn purple as they mature.
- 2 [usually postpositive] Heraldry (Of an animal) represented standing on one hind foot with its forefeet in the air (typically in profile, facing the dexter side, with right hind foot and tail raised): two gold lions rampantMore example sentences
- The massively arched door, in the style of a portcullis, is defended on either side by rampant lions, petrified in mid-snarl.
- Groups of winged sphinxes and griffins trampling fallen goats alternate with rampant goats and seated griffins.
- Now the dome was restored to its original purple, and the gold rampant horse reared above it.
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- But the sheer rampancy of what was supposed to be going on in the King's Royal Hussars was not something most of us have experienced.
- The sheer rampancy with which this practice is being followed has posed the BCC with a huge problem even as large hoardings are contemplated for removal on grounds of distracting motorists.
- It might not actually be rampant, as rampancy is a bit too energetic.
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- The pirated VCDs are sold rampantly.
- That being said, she concedes that there will be a more rampantly Celtic vibe to their Starlite show, in honour of St. Patrick's Day.
- Unfortunately for me, I developed early and, in the course of doing so, sprouted rampantly growing patches of thick, dark fur all over my body.
Middle English (as a heraldic term): from Old French, literally 'crawling', present participle of ramper (see ramp). From the original use describing a wild animal arose the sense 'fierce', whence the current notion of 'unrestrained'.