Definition of stomp in US English:



  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Tread heavily and noisily, typically in order to show anger.

    ‘Martin stomped off to the spare room’
    • ‘He walked off and stomped up the stairs, giving Rebecca one last look.’
    • ‘He stomps through the colleges, talking too loud and blowing his nose unnecessarily - anything to make the hushed cloisters crassly echo.’
    • ‘Brittany followed closely behind, noisily stomping up the stairs.’
    • ‘She stomped noisily away, and headed towards the long wagon where her family slept.’
    • ‘For a second I felt bad about what I said, but my anger quickly came back as I stomped up the stairs.’
    • ‘The woman says something to him, and he stomps away, sits down, and sulks.’
    • ‘She stomps out of the conference room and slams the door.’
    • ‘Bitterly, I stomped and paced around the small room, desperately thinking of ways to get out of the hole I'd dug myself into.’
    • ‘She burst out in anger, stomping up the stairs as she roughly shoved him away.’
    • ‘He substituted him with quarter-of-an-hour remaining and the striker showed his anger by stomping past the manager and hurling aside his tracksuit top.’
    • ‘I stomped noisily into my bedroom and sat on my swiveling chair.’
    • ‘She noisily chewed on her gum, stomping to the seat adjacent to mine, not bothering to reply until she'd settled comfortably with said boots crossed upon the desk.’
    • ‘He stomps in without stopping to divest himself of his sombrero, spurs or pistols.’
    • ‘When he sings, he howls upward at the lighting fixtures, and when he's not singing, he stomps around the stage, pounding his chin repeatedly against his chest as though attempting to reset a dislocated jaw.’
    • ‘I scudded my seat back noisily and stomped up to the counter, swooping the sandwich up myself.’
    • ‘Erica exhaled sharply and stormed from the room, stomping heavily upstairs and slamming her door.’
    • ‘The kids stomped around noisily much to the consternation of the waiters who nevertheless stood stoically in attendance.’
    • ‘One by one ten guards clad in dull armor emerged from the entrance and stomped heavily towards the waiting Rathgal Tayotos and Shase.’
    • ‘Looking quite angered he stomped into the locker room.’
    • ‘I stomp heavily up to the third floor, and then I stomp heavily to apartment 15.’
    walk, step, stride, pace, go
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    1. 1.1stomp on Tread heavily or stamp on.
      ‘I stomped on the accelerator’
      • ‘Careening back onto the highway, spraying gravel as he went, Jack stomped on the accelerator and gave chase.’
      • ‘There is an episode of The Simpsons in which Homer becomes so infuriated with the FOX-TV logo in the corner of his screen that he reaches out, grabs the logo and stomps on it.’
      • ‘Now before you accuse me of stomping on this guy's dream and making fun of someone's coping skills, rest assured I am not making fun of him.’
      • ‘He tried to stamp out the fire and succeeded in stomping on her foot.’
      • ‘During a red light, you know whether you have time to check that map; on a green light, you know whether to start braking a block away - or to stomp on the accelerator, as though you were a Toronto or Montreal driver.’
      • ‘Thankfully, it was then that the light flashed green and I stomped on the accelerator.’
      • ‘Over 66,000 people use the trail annually, with more than 1,000 stomping on vegetation and generally wreaking havoc on any given summer day.’
      • ‘She stomped on the accelerator a few times on side streets that had the traffic flow to allow her to go about eighty miles an hour.’
      • ‘You're stomping on every one of my childhood memories.’
      • ‘I got a lot of pleasure from beating and stomping on people.’
      crush, flatten, press down, squash
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    2. 1.2US with object Deliberately trample or tread heavily on.
      ‘Cobb proceeded to kick and stomp him viciously’
      • ‘Since the new 2004 model was introduced in the fall, the Prius has been stomping the Hummer.’
      • ‘For a year it bothered me - couldn't take my eyes off of it, and I applauded when the Simpsons opening sequence featured our favorite family ripping it off and stomping it to death.’
      • ‘Smokey the Bear stomps his burly self onto the stage and starts smiling and singing.’
      • ‘There was the glass, cone shaped mountain that appeared out of nowhere, after the throng had finished stomping me.’
      • ‘One wrestler went too far off script and stomped to death a fellow athletic thespian.’
      • ‘If large-caps beat small-caps for six weeks or so in a row, then big stocks may well keep stomping small ones, he says.’
      • ‘Just another reason The Worldwide Leader stomps the competition.’
      • ‘The league is literally ruined when one team stomps the competition game after game.’
      • ‘I might make time if there was a real back-and-forth, with reasonable people trying to understand and deal with alternative opinions, rather than to just try and stomp them out of existence.’
      • ‘Then, she threw down the two halves and stomped them into smaller pieces, and kicked them all around.’
      • ‘The start of the regular season, featuring the Yankees stomping the Devil Rays in Japan, is only four days away.’
      • ‘And by reading the newspaper accounts, she could reasonably have assumed that the plaintiff's lawyer was routinely stomping me into the courtroom floor.’
      • ‘The benefits of this theory are debatable, but I can tell you it stomps capitalism into the ground when it comes to flying.’
      • ‘A group of boars were stomping snakes right and left.’
      • ‘To a contemporary audience, this movie seems awfully relaxed, even in the scene where Godzilla is stomping trains and power lines in downtown Tokyo.’
    3. 1.3with object Stamp (one's feet).
      • ‘When he's really mad, he stomps his feet and I just think that's so adorable.’
      • ‘Just goes to show that if you build it, they will come - and they'll snap their fingers and stomp their feet the whole time.’
      • ‘I was hopping around, stomping my feet, arms flailing about in a cross between ‘Riverdance’ and a vertical epileptic fit.’
      • ‘After a few loud mutterings and expletives, Sara stomped her foot and stormed out the opposite door.’
      • ‘Now, we can stomp our feet and demand fairness, but we cannot expect commercial news media to change over in a way that harms their own financial interests.’
      • ‘We can keep stomping our feet and holding our breath or we can shut up and save that energy until we are big enough to stomp all over their all-for-Ontario-and-Quebec version of Canadian federalism.’
      • ‘She cried and stomped her foot and sulked because I had won.’
      • ‘Upon noticing the new appliance, he stomped his little feet and clapped with joy.’
      • ‘In my opinion, he's a spoiled brat, like a small child who stomps his feet when he doesn't get his way.’
      • ‘Jumping to his feet Roy crossed his arms and stomped his foot.’
      • ‘He got up and began screaming, crying and stomping his feet.’
      • ‘When that coaxing didn't work, he asserted his authority, made the most of his status and simply stomped his feet, demanding more.’
      • ‘I would stomp my little feet until they followed me out to the living room, to the tree, where I would proceed to unwrap all my presents while my parents watched me with a sort of dazed remove.’
      • ‘They're stomping their feet and slamming their hands on the stage.’
      • ‘She stomped her foot and stalked off in the same manner.’
      • ‘Like teenagers, we can stomp our foot and demand the run of the house, but unless we pay the bills we can be told to shape up or ship out.’
      • ‘This didn't bode well for his sister who threw up in her hands in exasperation and stomped her feet.’
      • ‘A little bit of attention and a few small victories do not change the fact that you are still, for the most part, a novelty act, like a horse that can count by stomping its hooves.’
      • ‘Lifting her arms skyward, the beautiful Sara Baras thrusts out her chest and fiercely stomps her feet, embodying the tragic Mariana Pineda, the complex heroine of her most successful theater piece.’
      • ‘When it stops seconds later and backs up to let him off for the next take, he stomps his foot in bewildered frustration.’
      • ‘I agree that if this happened to a child of mine, I would be screaming and stomping my feet and doing everything to get on the news every single day.’
      • ‘Cassie smacks her forehead and stomps her foot.’
      stride angrily, march, charge, stalk, flounce, stamp, fling
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    4. 1.4 Dance with heavy stamping steps.
      • ‘Where I used to listen to shouty music and stomp around the flat, these days I'm more partial to something chilled which helps me wind down.’
      • ‘This harmless-looking blooze duo barks and stomps mightily, yielding slobbery praise from music critics all over.’
      • ‘He also stomped and slapped his bare feet with a wicked approximation of a flamenco performance.’
      • ‘Not content to just dissolve all this history into an ambient puddle, the track's frantic marching band brass section stomps double time for its giddy finale.’
      • ‘At one point he climbs on top of the bar and stomps around, all the while screaming into the microphone some incomprehensible lyrics that may well have been poetry in the class of Byron or Betjeman, but no one would know.’
      • ‘Led by Souhair herself - she goes by the one name only - the troupe stomps, shakes and wiggles its way through a veil dance, folk pieces from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, a couple of flamenco numbers and the ubiquitous belly dance.’
      • ‘Ontanga, with their synchronised dance patterns and thunderous foot stomping, should certainly get the audience's feet moving.’
      • ‘He cries like a baby on the record and yells and stomps around.’
      • ‘Vigorously he hops and stomps along with the music.’
      • ‘The floor began to vibrate from all of the feet stomping and dancing.’
      dance, jig, leap, jump, skip, bounce
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  • 1(in jazz or popular music) a tune or song with a fast tempo and a heavy beat.

    • ‘As always however, their stomp would matter little without the melodies on which they're draped.’
    • ‘The bluesy southern stomp of Beautiful Sorta, with its restless energy and reckless singing, is doused in drink and James Dean fatalism, and finds Adams flailing around for the arms of a good woman to cling to.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, the jumpy ‘Bridges, Squares’ fuses arena-ready power pop with a distinctly punky stomp that thoughtfully belies the sugary vocals.’
    • ‘Likewise ‘Don't Say You Love Me ’, released as a single in March,'s an OMD inspired stomp that's sure to reawaken the world to what made the pop twosome so special in the first place.’
    • ‘His first serving is current single, ‘Trouble’, a beefy blast of high-energy rock stomp.’
    • ‘Despite the ranting metal stomp of ‘Homage’ and hateful, knife-fight guitar that comes with ‘Blood Rites’ this record is more thoughtful from the outset.’
    • ‘By way of contrast, Mojo Box represents a return to form: a lean, dandy album of greasy stomps, twangy guitars, and good songs.’
    • ‘‘Blood From Zion’ is a thick, unstoppable stomp slathered in harsh, unintelligible wails.’
    • ‘‘Nan True's Hole’ by Miller is a brutal stomp, while the keyboardist's title track is as lovely a homage to the joys of electric piano as has ever been caught on tape.’
    • ‘Many of them find the Stones harking back to their blues roots, whether it's on the Slim Harpo style stomp of " Who's Driving Your Plane ", or the more laid back " The Spider and The Fly".’
    • ‘And unlike the previous use of archaic folk tunes, Cajun stomps and swamp water boogies just don't have the same traditionalist staying power.’
    • ‘He's more of a serial songwriter whose infatuations run from classic pedal-steel weepers to fuzz-rock stomps and wild Irish reels - sometimes on a single album.’
    • ‘Still, as the album closes with another dawn-colored stomp, you can't help but feel déjà vu.’
    • ‘No more bubbly electroid jump here; at its most distinctive, this record unleashes rhythm-happy stomps that kick and clap like black-college step routines.’
    • ‘For listeners who caught the disco stomp of the ‘Giddy Up’ single from last year, you'll be surprised to hear such a downtempo record heavy with the influence of dub.’
    • ‘Then imagine yourself surrounded by sizzling synths, drunken piano stomps, and lock-step pirate rhythms.’
    • ‘But there's something altogether more hypnotic and powerful about Emetrex that keeps drawing you in and tugging at your ears until you're fully submerged in their bristling stoner-rock stomp.’
    • ‘A revivalist stomp and blissed-out sludge chords fight for transcendence in ‘Dead for a Sun.’’
    • ‘Like Aerosmith at its best, Buckcherry has both the rhythmic sway to go with its rock-and-roll stomp and the raw charisma to get away with its period pretensions.’
    • ‘The tenor saxophonist's rousing stomps and sensitive ballads are deeply imprinted in his fans' memories.’
    footfall, step, stride, tread, pace, stamp
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    1. 1.1 A lively dance performed to popular music, involving heavy stamping.
      • ‘Then he lights into a determined stomp, accompanied by the suave growl of Leon singing ‘My Walking Stick.’’
      • ‘Traditional dances include the Fish Dance, Women's Dance, and various stomp dances.’
      • ‘Where are those distinctive and powerful stomps of the jig?’
      • ‘Luckily the performers had enough energy to rouse even this heat-weary crowd, with one dance after another full of high-powered jumps, stomps, shimmies, and kicks.’
      • ‘In the stomp dance, as in all facets of traditional Cherokee life, women and men follow anciently prescribed roles that complement each other and make it possible for Cherokees to live balanced lives.’
      • ‘Each Orisha has its own character dance - the ferocious stomp of Shango the god of thunder; the sensuous, watery sway of Oshun, the divinity of love - and Acosta includes some of these dances in Tocororo.’
      • ‘The stomp dance, which has already been discussed, is a religious activity.’
      • ‘Later, worship at the Indian Shaker Church consisted of stomp dances with loud vocalizations and bells.’
      • ‘From the mambo to street stomp, dance can take you back in time to the big band era, or to faraway lands like Morocco and Brazil.’
      bang, sharp noise, crack, boom, clang, peal, clap, pop, snap, knock, tap, slam, thud, thump, clunk, clonk, clash, crash, smash, smack
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Early 19th century (originally US dialect): variant of the verb stamp.