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stamp (stæmp



  1. when intr, often foll by on to bring (the foot) down heavily (on the ground, etc)
  2. (intransitive) to walk with heavy or noisy footsteps
  3. (intransitive) foll by on to repress, extinguish, or eradicate   ⇒  ■ he stamped on any criticism
  4. (transitive) to impress or mark (a particular device or sign) on (something)
  5. to mark (something) with an official impress, seal, or device   ⇒  ■ to stamp a passport
  6. (transitive) to fix or impress permanently   ⇒  ■ the date was stamped on her memory
  7. (transitive) to affix a postage stamp to
  8. (transitive) to distinguish or reveal   ⇒  ■ that behaviour stamps him as a cheat
  9. to pound or crush (ores, etc)



  1. the act or an instance of stamping
    1. See postage stamp
    2. a mark applied to postage stamps for cancellation purposes
  2. a similar piece of gummed paper used for commercial or trading purposes
  3. a block, die, etc, used for imprinting a design or device
  4. a design, device, or mark that has been stamped
  5. a characteristic feature or trait; hallmark   ⇒  ■ the story had the stamp of authenticity
  6. a piece of gummed paper or other mark applied to official documents to indicate payment of a fee, validity, ownership, etc
  7. (British, informal) a national insurance contribution, formerly recorded by means of a stamp on an official card
  8. type or class   ⇒  ■ we want to employ men of his stamp
  9. an instrument or machine for crushing or pounding ores, etc, or the pestle in such a device

Derived Forms

ˈstamper  noun

Word Origin

Old English stampe; related to Old High German stampfōn to stamp, Old Norse stappa


View thesaurus entry
= stomp (informal), stump, clump, tramp, clomp
= mark, indication, hallmark, badge, emblem, sure sign, telltale sign
= stomp (informal), stump, clump, tramp, clomp
= identify, mark, brand, label, reveal, exhibit, betray, pronounce, show to be, categorize, typecast

Translations for 'stamp'

  • British English: stamp A stamp or a postage stamp is a small piece of paper which you stick on an envelope or parcel, to show that you have paid the cost of posting it....a book of stamps.stæmp NOUN
  • Arabic: طابِعٌ بَرِيدِيّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: selo
  • Chinese: 邮票
  • Croatian: marka
  • Czech: známkadopisní
  • Danish: frimærke
  • Dutch: postzegel
  • European Spanish: sellocorreos
  • Finnish: postimerkki
  • French: timbre
  • German: Briefmarke
  • Greek: γραμματόσημο
  • Italian: francobollo
  • Japanese: 切手
  • Korean: 우표
  • Norwegian: frimerke
  • Polish: znaczek
  • Portuguese: selo
  • Romanian: timbru timbre
  • Russian: топанье
  • Spanish: selloestampilla
  • Swedish: frimärke
  • Thai: ดวงตราไปรษณียากร
  • Turkish: pul
  • Ukrainian: марка
  • Vietnamese: tem
  • British English: stamp If you stamp a mark or word on an object, you press the mark or word onto the object, using a stamp.He examined her passport and stamped it.stæmp VERB
  • Arabic: يَدْمِغُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: selar
  • Chinese: 加戳
  • Croatian: pečatirati
  • Czech: razítkovat orazítkovat
  • Danish: stemple
  • Dutch: stempelen
  • European Spanish: franquear
  • Finnish: tallata
  • French: timbrer
  • German: stempeln
  • Greek: σταμπάρω
  • Italian: affrancare
  • Japanese: 踏みつける
  • Korean: 찍다
  • Norwegian: stemple
  • Polish: ostemplować stemplować
  • Portuguese: selar
  • Romanian: a ștampila
  • Russian: штамповать
  • Spanish: franquear
  • Swedish: stämpla
  • Thai: ประทับตรา
  • Turkish: mühürlemek
  • Ukrainian: наклеювати марку приклеїти
  • Vietnamese: đóng dấu

Example Sentences Including 'stamp'

He'd need my stamp for comparison - which, of course, he'd be unlikely to get.
Tapply, William G The Dutch Blue Error
No careless bureaucratic hands had put their ugly stamp on it.
Hinxman, Margaret The Sound of Murder
My name is Coyne, I'm an attorney, and I need some information about a rare stamp.
Tapply, William G The Dutch Blue Error


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