verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Origin of tramp

1350–1400; Middle English trampen to stamp; cognate with Low German trampen; akin to Gothic ana-trimpan to press hard upon. See traipse, trample
Related formstramp·er, nountramp·ish, adjectivetramp·ish·ly, adverbtramp·ish·ness, nounun·tramped, adjective

Synonyms for tramp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for tramper



a person who tramps
NZ a person who walks long distances, often over rough terrain, for recreation



(intr) to walk long and far; hike
to walk heavily or firmly across or through (a place); march or trudge
(intr) to wander about as a vagabond or tramp
(tr) to make (a journey) or traverse (a place) on foot, esp laboriously or wearilyto tramp the streets in search of work
(tr) to tread or trample
(intr) NZ to walk for sport or recreation, esp in the bush


a person who travels about on foot, usually with no permanent home, living by begging or doing casual work
a long hard walk; hike
a heavy or rhythmic step or tread
the sound of heavy treading
Also called: tramp steamer a merchant ship that does not run between ports on a regular schedule but carries cargo wherever the shippers desire
slang, mainly US and Canadian a prostitute or promiscuous girl or woman
an iron plate on the sole of a boot
Derived Formstramping, nountrampish, adjective

Word Origin for tramp

C14: probably from Middle Low German trampen; compare Gothic ana-trimpan to press heavily upon, German trampen to hitchhike
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Word Origin and History for tramper



late 14c., "walk heavily, stamp," from Middle Low German trampen "to stamp," from Proto-Germanic *tramp- (cf. Danish trampe, Swedish trampa "to tramp, stamp," Gothic ana-trimpan "to press upon"), probably from a variant of the Proto-Germanic source of trap. Related: Tramped; tramping.



"person who wanders about, vagabond," 1660s, from tramp (v). Sense of "steamship which takes cargo wherever it can be traded" (as opposed to one running a regular line) is attested from c.1880. The meaning "promiscuous woman" is from 1922.

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