- 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.
- to walk over; tramp: to traipse the fields.
- a tiring walk.
Origin of traipse
Examples from the Web for traipsing
After traipsing about in the fog they found the grave sure enough.Ulysses
All the rest of it traipsing about from place to place like a wandering gipsy.The Man Who Was Good
"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
Could they have wandered up the hill road,—the discontented, "traipsing," exasperating things?The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
- (intr) to walk heavily or tiredly
- a long or tiring walk; trudge
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.