verb (used without object), traipsed, traips·ing.
verb (used with object), traipsed, traips·ing.
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Origin of traipse
Words nearby traipse
BEHIND THE WORD
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.
Traipse isn’t alone: it finds lots of company in other English words that seem simple but whose origins are not. Discover more in our slideshow “‘Dog,’ ‘Boy,’ And Other Words That We Don’t Know Where They Came From.”
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.
Looking for more synonyms for traipse? Why not head on over to Thesaurus.com for our many synonyms for the word walk. Don’t dawdle now … “step on” it!
Example sentences from the Web for traipse
Buy a pair of these and traipse around a big city center or off road through the Icelandic countryside.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Anthony Bourdain in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Get your own tailored tuxedo blazer to traipse around town in.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Carrie Bradshaw in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Its massive platform gives city dwellers the opportunity to traipse around with relatively painless added height.Jeffrey Campbell ‘Lita’ Bootie is The World’s Ugliest Shoe|Misty White Sidell|April 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We imagine the cadre of Hollywood starlets who like to traipse about commando would be severely handicapped in this event.
And what's more, you just don't need to traipse along another step with me now.Bob Hampton of Placer|Randall Parrish
Goodness knows where you may have dropped it, and if you think I'm going to traipse back you're much mistaken.A Patriotic Schoolgirl|Angela Brazil
She was a young forty, yet somehow hardly young enough to traipse houseless after him wherever his whim might lead him.The Tower of Oblivion|Oliver Onions
Women, whose age it is impossible to tell, trail and traipse in front of alleys within which loom greasy, black staircases.Nooks and Corners of Old Paris|Georges Cain
“More as two months ve traipse all ofer,” volunteered the latter.The Peace of Roaring River|George van Schaick