[ traf-ik ]
/ ˈtræf ɪk /


verb (used without object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.

to carry on traffic, trade, or commercial dealings.
to trade or deal in a specific commodity or service, often of an illegal nature (usually followed by in): to traffic in opium.

verb (used with object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.

Nearby words

  1. traditor,
  2. traduce,
  3. traducianism,
  4. trafalgar,
  5. trafalgar, battle of,
  6. traffic calming,
  7. traffic circle,
  8. traffic cop,
  9. traffic court,
  10. traffic engineering

Origin of traffic

1495–1505; earlier traffyk < Middle French trafique (noun), trafiquer (v.) < Italian traffico (noun), trafficare (v.), of disputed orig.

Related formstraf·fick·er, nountraf·fic·less, adjectivein·ter·traf·fic, noun, verb, in·ter·traf·ficked, in·ter·traf·fick·ing.un·traf·ficked, adjective

Synonym study

4. See trade. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for traffic


/ (ˈtræfɪk) /


verb -fics, -ficking or -ficked (intr)

(often foll by in) to carry on trade or business, esp of an illicit kind
(usually foll by with) to have dealings
Derived Formstrafficker, nountrafficless, adjective

Word Origin for traffic

C16: from Old French trafique, from Old Italian traffico, from trafficare to engage in trade

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Word Origin and History for traffic
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