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 traipsing

Contemporary Examples of traipsing

  • Some are traipsing around on their own, trash crackling beneath their feet.

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    Asne Seierstad

    June 6, 2011

  • Traipsing the Biennale and the numerous collaterals has been at once ho-hum and encouraging.

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    Anthony Haden-Guest

    June 8, 2009

Historical Examples of traipsing

  • After traipsing about in the fog they found the grave sure enough.


    James Joyce

  • All the rest of it traipsing about from place to place like a wandering gipsy.

    The Man Who Was Good

    Leonard Merrick

  • "I don't see what you want to be traipsing about after dark for," said Marilla shortly.

    Anne Of Green Gables

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • Nice clothes I shall get, too, traipsing through weather like this.

    Eighth Reader

    James Baldwin

  • Could they have wandered up the hill road,—the discontented, "traipsing," exasperating things?

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

British Dictionary definitions for traipsing





(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 traipsing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper