verb (used without object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.
verb (used with object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.
- trafalgar, battle of,
- traffic calming,
- traffic circle,
- traffic cop,
- traffic court,
- traffic engineering
Origin of traffic
Examples from the Web for traffic
One witness said the gunfire began after a traffic collision, which drew the attention of a nearby police officer.
The scene was heavily cordoned off to traffic and anyone not with the police, press, or residents.
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|DAILY BEAST
Traffic up ahead on Myrtle backed up, and Johnson began weaving in and out.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The roar of the traffic and the clatter of footsteps and the grumble of voices swirled like dance music about Andrews's head.Three Soldiers|John Dos Passos
Time and reflection caused Captain Whipple to see the impropriety of the traffic and entirely abandon it at an early day.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
Indeed, the traffic had become important, all of a sudden, towards the Roaring Falls.The Peace of Roaring River|George van Schaick
The deadened walls admitted hardly a suggestion of the traffic outside.Mortmain|Arthur Cheny Train
This was all natural enough; but the strange thing is, that the traffic most notably falls off.A Decade of Italian Women, vol. I (of 2)|T. Adolphus Trollope
- 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).