- 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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- a person who tramps
- NZ a person who walks long distances, often over rough terrain, for recreation
- (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 tramper
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.