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tramp +‎ -le (frequentative).



trample (third-person singular simple present tramples, present participle trampling, simple past and past participle trampled)

  1. (transitive) To crush something by walking on it.
    to trample grass or flowers
    • Bible, Matthew vii. 6
      Neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      Everything a living animal could do to destroy and to desecrate bed and walls had been done. […]  A canister of flour from the kitchen had been thrown at the looking-glass and lay like trampled snow over the remains of a decent blue suit with the lining ripped out which lay on top of the ruin of a plastic wardrobe.
  2. (by extension) To treat someone harshly.
  3. (intransitive) To walk heavily and destructively.
    • Charles Dickens
      [] horses proud of the crimson and yellow shaving-brushes on their heads, and of the sharp tingling bells upon their harness that chime far along the glaring white road along which they trample []
  4. (by extension) To cause emotional injury as if by trampling.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowper to this entry?)


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trample (plural tramples)

  1. A heavy stepping.
    • 2015, Lucy Corne, ‎Josephine Quintero, Lonely Planet Canary Islands
      Newly harvested grapes are poured into a vast vat for everyone to have a good trample upon []
  2. The sound of heavy footsteps.






  1. First-person singular present of trampeln.
  2. Imperative singular of trampeln.
  3. First-person singular subjunctive I of trampeln.
  4. Third-person singular subjunctive I of trampeln.