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traipse

[ treyps ]
/ treɪps /
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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.

noun

a tiring walk.

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Origin of traipse

First recorded in 1585–95; earlier trapse, unexplained variant of trape, obscurely akin to tramp
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Where does the word traipse come from?

Traipse generally means “to wander aimlessly or idly while never reaching one’s goal,” as in Last night, they traipsed all over town trying to find a store that was still open.

Well, you’ll certainly wander aimlessly if you try to find the origin of the word traipse.

The word is first recorded around 1585–95. It could be related to the verb tramp, and one can definitely traipse, or “walk over,” something, such as fields or flowers. An alternative theory connects traipse to trespass, which originates from French.

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Did you know … ?

Traipse isn’t the only word to mean a specific kind of walking motion. Words that are close in meaning to traipse include wander, roam, meander, and amble. Traipse can be confused for other words for ambulatory movements, such as shamble, stroll, skip, step, shuffle, stomp, trot, and prance.

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British Dictionary definitions for traipse

traipse

trapes

informal

verb

(intr) to walk heavily or tiredly

noun

a long or tiring walk; trudge

Word Origin for traipse

C16: of unknown origin
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