verb (used without object), tram·pled, tram·pling.
- 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), tram·pled, tram·pling.
- 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.
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 hurtto trample on someone’s feelings
- the action or sound of trampling
v.late 14c., “to walk heavily,” frequentative form of tramp. Transitive sense is first found 1520s. Related: Trampled; trampling.