- to tread or walk with a firm, heavy, resounding step.
- to tread heavily or trample (usually followed by on or upon): to tramp on a person's toes.
- to walk steadily; march; trudge.
- to go on a walking excursion or expedition; hike.
- to go about as a vagabond or tramp.
- to make a voyage on a tramp steamer.
- to tramp or walk heavily or steadily through or over.
- to traverse on foot: to tramp the streets.
- to tread or trample underfoot: to tramp grapes.
- to travel over as a tramp.
- to run (a ship) as a tramp steamer.
- the act of tramping.
- a firm, heavy, resounding tread.
- the sound made by such a tread.
- a long, steady walk; trudge.
- a walking excursion or expedition; hike.
- a person who travels on foot from place to place, especially a vagabond living on occasional jobs or gifts of money or food.
- a sexually promiscuous woman; prostitute.
- a freight vessel that does not run regularly between fixed ports, but takes a cargo wherever shippers desire.Compare cargo liner.
- a piece of iron affixed to the sole of a shoe.
Origin of tramp
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Examples from the Web for tramped
Tramped over Brazil as a day laborer, and through the West Indies.
Tramped all day yesterday, and got my cloam tored, and lost my rabbit-skins and duppence.Furze the Cruel
Tramped round to ther old stone quarry one way, but didn't see northing.Frank Merriwell's Cruise
Burt L. Standish
Tramped far and wide in the United States and Canada, in 1894, for social and economic study.Contemporary American Literature
John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
- (intr) to walk long and far; hike
- to walk heavily or firmly across or through (a place); march or trudge
- (intr) to wander about as a vagabond or tramp
- (tr) to make (a journey) or traverse (a place) on foot, esp laboriously or wearilyto tramp the streets in search of work
- (tr) to tread or trample
- (intr) NZ to walk for sport or recreation, esp in the bush
- a person who travels about on foot, usually with no permanent home, living by begging or doing casual work
- a long hard walk; hike
- a heavy or rhythmic step or tread
- the sound of heavy treading
- Also called: tramp steamer a merchant ship that does not run between ports on a regular schedule but carries cargo wherever the shippers desire
- slang, mainly US and Canadian a prostitute or promiscuous girl or woman
- an iron plate on the sole of a boot
Word Origin and History for tramped
late 14c., "walk heavily, stamp," from Middle Low German trampen "to stamp," from Proto-Germanic *tramp- (cf. Danish trampe, Swedish trampa "to tramp, stamp," Gothic ana-trimpan "to press upon"), probably from a variant of the Proto-Germanic source of trap. Related: Tramped; tramping.
"person who wanders about, vagabond," 1660s, from tramp (v). Sense of "steamship which takes cargo wherever it can be traded" (as opposed to one running a regular line) is attested from c.1880. The meaning "promiscuous woman" is from 1922.