verb (used without object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.
verb (used with object), traf·ficked, traf·fick·ing.
Origin of traffic
Related Words for traffickingfence, relate, dicker, trade, touch, peddle, market, deal, interact, bootleg, swap, handle, exchange, negotiate, barter, network, shove, moonshine, bargain, contact
Examples from the Web for trafficking
Contemporary Examples of trafficking
Exploitation of trafficking victims may be most acute in conflict and adjoining regions, but it is not confined to these areas.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
He risked a mutiny, but nonetheless handed over six senior park officers to the courts for trafficking park resources.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
This matters for trafficking because it costs a lot to kidnap someone and hold her against her will.Why It's Time to Legalize Prostitution
August 15, 2014
But none of this stops Kennedy from trafficking in slander and nonsense.Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Twisted Anti-Vaxx History
July 23, 2014
For every 800 victims of trafficking, there is only one conviction.Lucy Liu: Child Trafficking Must End Now
June 26, 2014
Historical Examples of trafficking
I did not see that I was often trafficking in unworthiness and baseness.
When the trafficking was taking place, the spirits did not show themselves.Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms
Sieys wrote from Berlin to reproach Talleyrand with trafficking in his honour.Talleyrand
Is it a lie that he is trafficking with Hamilton and the Whig lords to surrender the castle?Graham of Claverhouse
It is a poor affair to be trafficking in our evidences, or our anything.The Assembly of God
C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
- 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).