verb (used without object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.
verb (used with object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.
Origin of traffic
Related Words for traffickedfence, relate, dicker, trade, touch, peddle, market, deal, interact, bootleg, swap, handle, exchange, negotiate, barter, network, shove, moonshine, bargain, contact
Examples from the Web for trafficked
Contemporary Examples of trafficked
I know how long it takes to recover from being enslaved, because I was trafficked myself.How To Help America’s Trafficking Victims In The Long Term
June 23, 2014
I say this less as a point of pride than a friendly warning: I have now trafficked in every cliché and life lesson known to man.Read Jon Favreau’s Full Commencement Address to College of the Holy Cross
May 27, 2014
There are also suspicions they were “groomed” on the Internet to be kidnapped and trafficked.Teenage Girls Seduced by the Syrian Jihad?
April 21, 2014
The black-market channels which ferry ivory from poachers are often the same used for illegal arms, drugs, and trafficked labor.Clinton Unites African Leaders in Her Crusade Against Poaching
September 26, 2013
Ten million girls every year leave education to become child brides, and millions more are trafficked.Gordon Brown: Malala’s Next Fight
October 14, 2012
Historical Examples of trafficked
That which is beautiful must not be trafficked with, but must only be reverenced and adored.The Indian Today
Charles A. Eastman
And besides, Samuel trafficked in sentiments as in native productions.The Pearl of Lima
Was there nothing, nobody, that commercialism did not think for sale and to be trafficked in?That Fortune
Charles Dudley Warner
If any Minister had trafficked independently, he was that Minister.Lord Randolph Churchill
Winston Spencer Churchill
He has trafficked direct, in his own bottoms, with New Zealand.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
- 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).