A ram (male sheep)




  • To collide with (an object), usually with the intention of damaging it or disabling its function.
  • To strike (something) hard, especially with an implement.
  • To fill or compact by pounding or driving.
  • To thrust during sexual intercourse.



  • From Middle English ram, rom, ramme, from Old English ramm ("ram"), from Proto-Germanic *rammaz ("ram"), possibly from *rammaz. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Rom, Dutch ram, German Ramm, Ramme. Possibly akin also to Danish ram, Swedish ram, Faroese ramur, Icelandic rammur.
  • From Middle English rammen, from the noun (see above). Compare Old High German rammen.
  • Likely from Old Norse ramr, rammr, from Proto-Germanic *rammaz, perhaps ultimately related to Etymology 1 above. Compare Scots ram. Compare also Middle English rammish.

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