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[treyps] /treɪps/ Informal.
verb (used without object), traipsed, traipsing.
to walk or go aimlessly or idly or without finding or reaching one's goal:
We traipsed all over town looking for a copy of the book.
verb (used with object), traipsed, traipsing.
to walk over; tramp:
to traipse the fields.
a tiring walk.
Origin of traipse
1585-95; earlier trapse, unexplained variant of trape, obscurely akin to tramp Unabridged
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  • After traipsing about in the fog they found the grave sure enough.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • All the rest of it traipsing about from place to place like a wandering gipsy.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • "I don't see what you want to be traipsing about after dark for," said Marilla shortly.

    Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Nice clothes I shall get, too, traipsing through weather like this.

    Eighth Reader James Baldwin
  • Could they have wandered up the hill road,—the discontented, "traipsing," exasperating things?

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Allan's been traipsing this land since two years before you were born, and that is more than twenty years ago.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • Could they have wandered up the hill road—the discontented, “traipsing,” exasperating things?

    A Village Stradivarius Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • A nice figure I'd cut, traipsing around the battlefields in a kimono, and looking for a kindly bullet to lay me low.

British Dictionary definitions for traipsing


(intransitive) to walk heavily or tiredly
a long or tiring walk; trudge
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for traipsing



1590s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from dialectal French trepasser "pass over or beyond," from Old French trespasser (see trespass). Or from a source related to Middle Dutch trappen, dialectal Norwegian trappa "to tread, stamp" (see trap). Liberman points out that it resembles German traben "tramp" "and other similar verbs meaning 'tramp; wander; flee' in several European languages. They seem to have been part of soldiers' and vagabonds' slang between 1400 and 1700. In all likelihood, they originated as onomatopoeias and spread to neighboring languages from Low German." Related: Traipsed; traipsing.

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