From Middle English stampen (“to pound, crush”), from assumed Old English *stampian, variant of Old English stempan (“to crush, pound, pound in mortar, stamp”), from Proto-Germanic *stampijaną (“to trample, beat”), from Proto-Indo-European *stemb- (“to trample down”). Cognate with Dutch stampen (“to stamp, pitch”), German stampfen (“to stamp”), Danish stampe (“to stamp”), Swedish stampa (“to stomp”), Occitan estampar. See also stomp.
stamp (plural stamps)
- An act of stamping the foot, paw or hoof.
- The horse gave two quick stamps and rose up on its hind legs.
- An indentation or imprint made by stamping.
- My passport has quite a collection of stamps.
- A device for stamping designs.
- She loved to make designs with her collection of stamps.
- A small piece of paper bearing a design on one side and adhesive on the other, used to decorate letters or craft work.
- These stamps have a Christmas theme.
- A small piece of paper, with a design and a face value, used to prepay postage or other costs such as tax or licence fees.
- I need one first-class stamp to send this letter.
- Now that commerce is done electronically, tax stamps are no longer issued here.
- (slang, figuratively) A tattoo
- (slang) A single dose of lysergic acid diethylamide
- (intransitive) To step quickly and heavily, once or repeatedly.
- The toddler screamed and stamped, but still got no candy.
- (transitive) To move (the foot or feet) quickly and heavily, once or repeatedly.
- The crowd cheered and stamped their feet in appreciation.
- (transitive) To strike, beat, or press forcibly with the bottom of the foot, or by thrusting the foot downward.
- He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (transitive) To mark by pressing quickly and heavily.
- This machine stamps the metal cover with a design.
- This machine stamps the design into the metal cover.
- (transitive) To give an official marking to, generally by impressing or imprinting a design or symbol.
- The immigration officer stamped my passport.
- (transitive) To apply postage stamps to.
- I forgot to stamp this letter.
- (transitive, figuratively) To mark; to impress.
- John Locke
- God […] has stamped no original characters on our minds wherein we may read his being.
2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, BBC Sport:
- England's superior conditioning began to show in the final quarter and as the game began to break up, their three-quarters began to stamp their authority on the game. And when Foden went on a mazy run from inside his own 22 and put Ashton in for a long-range try, any threat of an upset was when and truly snuffed out.
- John Locke
- (mark by pressing quickly and heavily): emboss, dent
- (give an official marking to): impress, imprint