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trapes

[treyps]
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verb (used with or without object), noun
  1. traipse.

traipse

or trapes

[treyps]Informal.
verb (used without object), traipsed, traips·ing.
  1. 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, traips·ing.
  1. to walk over; tramp: to traipse the fields.
noun
  1. a tiring walk.

Origin of traipse

1585–95; earlier trapse, unexplained variant of trape, obscurely akin to tramp
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Examples from the Web for trapes

Historical Examples

  • Well, I've only been guilty of it four days so far, Mrs. Trapes.

    The Definite Object

    Jeffery Farnol

  • Oh, he'll go—there's quite a lot of good in him, Mrs. Trapes.

    The Definite Object

    Jeffery Farnol

  • Mrs. Trapes, I can slice ham and beef with any one on earth.

    The Definite Object

    Jeffery Farnol

  • Y' can't, bo; Mrs. Trapes ain't goin' t' let ye—look at her!

    The Definite Object

    Jeffery Farnol

  • Not in so many words, perhaps, but you implied it, Mrs. Trapes.

    The Definite Object

    Jeffery Farnol


British Dictionary definitions for trapes

trapes

verb, noun
  1. a less common spelling of traipse

traipse

trapes

informal
verb
  1. (intr) to walk heavily or tiredly
noun
  1. a long or tiring walk; trudge

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for trapes

traipse

v.

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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