or trapes


verb (used without object), traipsed, traips·ing.

to walk or go aimlessly or idly or without finding or reaching one's goal: We traipsed all over town looking for a copy of the book.

verb (used with object), traipsed, traips·ing.

to walk over; tramp: to traipse the fields.


a tiring walk.

Origin of traipse

1585–95; earlier trapse, unexplained variant of trape, obscurely akin to tramp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for traipse

Contemporary Examples of traipse

Historical Examples of traipse

  • "Or why she consents to traipse all over the country with you," laughed Ted.

    Ted Strong in Montana

    Edward C. Taylor

  • I don't mean she's got enough to traipse round with duchesses and earls and that sort, but she's got enough.

    By the Light of the Soul

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • She called me up twice yesterday to see they needed it, as if I had nothin' to do but traipse aroun' after her.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • And what's more, you just don't need to traipse along another step with me now.

    Bob Hampton of Placer

    Randall Parrish

  • Hard luck on me having to traipse at this time of night to a place I don't know to get orders you ought to have sent out.

    Pushed and the Return Push

    George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)

British Dictionary definitions for traipse





(intr) to walk heavily or tiredly


a long or tiring walk; trudge

Word Origin for traipse

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for traipse

1590s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from dialectal French trepasser "pass over or beyond," from Old French trespasser (see trespass). Or from a source related to Middle Dutch trappen, dialectal Norwegian trappa "to tread, stamp" (see trap). Liberman points out that it resembles German traben "tramp" "and other similar verbs meaning 'tramp; wander; flee' in several European languages. They seem to have been part of soldiers' and vagabonds' slang between 1400 and 1700. In all likelihood, they originated as onomatopoeias and spread to neighboring languages from Low German." Related: Traipsed; traipsing.

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