- the movement of vehicles, ships, persons, etc., in an area, along a street, through an air lane, over a water route, etc.: the heavy traffic on Main Street.
- the vehicles, persons, etc., moving in an area, along a street, etc.
- the transportation of goods for the purpose of trade, by sea, land, or air: ships of traffic.
- trade; buying and selling; commercial dealings.
- trade between different countries or places; commerce.
- the business done by a railroad or other carrier in the transportation of freight or passengers.
- the aggregate of freight, passengers, telephone or telegraph messages, etc., handled, especially in a given period.
- communication, dealings, or contact between persons or groups: traffic between the Democrats and the Republicans.
- mutual exchange or communication: traffic in ideas.
- trade in some specific commodity or service, often of an illegal nature: the vast traffic in narcotics.
- illegal commercial trade in human beings for the purpose of exploiting them: the traffic in young children.
- to carry on traffic, trade, or commercial dealings.
- to trade or deal in a specific commodity or service, often of an illegal nature (usually followed by in): to traffic in opium.
- (of vehicles or persons) to move over or through (a place): It's a heavily trafficked bridge.
- to trade or deal in (a commodity or service): to traffic guns.
- to trade in (human beings) for the purpose of exploitation: He was convicted for trafficking illegal immigrants.
Origin of traffic
Examples from the Web for trafficked
I know how long it takes to recover from being enslaved, because I was trafficked myself.How To Help America’s Trafficking Victims In The Long Term
June 23, 2014
I say this less as a point of pride than a friendly warning: I have now trafficked in every cliché and life lesson known to man.Read Jon Favreau’s Full Commencement Address to College of the Holy Cross
May 27, 2014
There are also suspicions they were “groomed” on the Internet to be kidnapped and trafficked.Teenage Girls Seduced by the Syrian Jihad?
April 21, 2014
The black-market channels which ferry ivory from poachers are often the same used for illegal arms, drugs, and trafficked labor.Clinton Unites African Leaders in Her Crusade Against Poaching
September 26, 2013
Ten million girls every year leave education to become child brides, and millions more are trafficked.Gordon Brown: Malala’s Next Fight
October 14, 2012
That which is beautiful must not be trafficked with, but must only be reverenced and adored.The Indian Today
Charles A. Eastman
And besides, Samuel trafficked in sentiments as in native productions.The Pearl of Lima
Was there nothing, nobody, that commercialism did not think for sale and to be trafficked in?That Fortune
Charles Dudley Warner
If any Minister had trafficked independently, he was that Minister.Lord Randolph Churchill
Winston Spencer Churchill
He has trafficked direct, in his own bottoms, with New Zealand.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
- the vehicles coming and going in a street, town, etc
- (as modifier)traffic lights
- the movement of vehicles, people, etc, in a particular place or for a particular purposesea traffic
- the business of commercial transportation by land, sea, or air
- the freight, passengers, etc, transported
- (usually foll by with) dealings or businesshave no traffic with that man
- trade, esp of an illicit or improper kinddrug traffic
- the aggregate volume of messages transmitted through a communications system in a given period
- mainly US the number of customers patronizing a commercial establishment in a given time period
- (often foll by in) to carry on trade or business, esp of an illicit kind
- (usually foll by with) to have dealings
Word Origin and History for trafficked
c.1500, "trade, commerce," from Middle French trafique (mid-15c.), from Italian traffico (early 14c.), from trafficare "carry on trade," of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Vulgar Latin *transfricare "to rub across" (from Latin trans- "across" + fricare "to rub"), with the original sense of the Italian verb being "touch repeatedly, handle."
Or the second element may be an unexplained alteration of Latin facere "to make, do." Klein suggests ultimate derivation of the Italian word from Arabic tafriq "distribution." Meaning "people and vehicles coming and going" first recorded 1825. Traffic jam is 1917, ousting earlier traffic block (1895).
1540s, from traffic (n.) and preserving the original commercial sense. Related: Trafficked; trafficking. The -k- is inserted to preserve the "k" sound of -c- before a suffix beginning in -i-, -y-, or -e- (cf. picnic/picnicking, panic/panicky, shellac/shellacked).