verb (used without object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.
verb (used with object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.
Origin of traffic
Related Words for traffictransportation, shipment, service, travel, influx, gridlock, freight, transit, transport, movement, commerce, business, communication, industry, trade, truck, transfer, passage, flux, jam
Examples from the Web for traffic
Contemporary Examples of traffic
One witness said the gunfire began after a traffic collision, which drew the attention of a nearby police officer.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
The scene was heavily cordoned off to traffic and anyone not with the police, press, or residents.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
That officer believed my fair-skinned son was white, according to the traffic citation I examined.
Yes, some people have been inconvenienced by traffic delays or annoyed by supportive athletes.
More recently, Boko Haram shocked the world by kidnapping 276 female students and threatened to traffic them.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
Historical Examples of traffic
Traffic was intense, and had reached what might be supposed its acme.
The whole current of the company's traffic to and fro passed under my eye.In the Valley
By this traffic Germany had survived for a century and a half.City of Endless Night
It is a mistake of sentiment to believe they have any real dislike to this traffic.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
The law of God is unchangeable: as on earth, so in our traffic with heaven, we only get as we give.The Ministry of Intercession
- the vehicles coming and going in a street, town, etc
- (as modifier)traffic lights
- the business of commercial transportation by land, sea, or air
- the freight, passengers, etc, transported
verb -fics, -ficking or -ficked (intr)
Word Origin for traffic
c.1500, "trade, commerce," from Middle French trafique (mid-15c.), from Italian traffico (early 14c.), from trafficare "carry on trade," of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Vulgar Latin *transfricare "to rub across" (from Latin trans- "across" + fricare "to rub"), with the original sense of the Italian verb being "touch repeatedly, handle."
Or the second element may be an unexplained alteration of Latin facere "to make, do." Klein suggests ultimate derivation of the Italian word from Arabic tafriq "distribution." Meaning "people and vehicles coming and going" first recorded 1825. Traffic jam is 1917, ousting earlier traffic block (1895).
1540s, from traffic (n.) and preserving the original commercial sense. Related: Trafficked; trafficking. The -k- is inserted to preserve the "k" sound of -c- before a suffix beginning in -i-, -y-, or -e- (cf. picnic/picnicking, panic/panicky, shellac/shellacked).