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 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|DAILY BEAST
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|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This matters for trafficking because it costs a lot to kidnap someone and hold her against her will.
But none of this stops Kennedy from trafficking in slander and nonsense.
For every 800 victims of trafficking, there is only one conviction.
At that time a hawker used to go from place to place, trafficking in goods carried by an ass.Children's Literature|Charles Madison Curry
Most fathers would shrink from trafficking in a son's marriage, but Booth is above such nice scruples.Arrows of Freethought|George W. Foote
Con′trabandism, trafficking in contraband goods; Con′trabandist, a smuggler.
He came in the year 1879, and established a post for the purpose of trafficking in the furs of the Tanana Indians.The Boy With the U. S. Survey|Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The unfortunate gentleman on whom patriotic duty laid the unhappy task of trafficking with the traitor was less fortunate.A History of the United States|Cecil Chesterton
- 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).