- 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.
- to walk over; tramp: to traipse the fields.
- a tiring walk.
Origin of traipse
Examples 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
November 29, 2014
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
November 29, 2014
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
We imagine the cadre of Hollywood starlets who like to traipse about commando would be severely handicapped in this event.7 Craziest Guinness Records
The Daily Beast Video
November 13, 2009
"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
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)
- (intr) to walk heavily or tiredly
- a long or tiring walk; trudge
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.