hiking, especially on trails having huts at regular intervals for hikers to use overnight.

Nearby words

  1. tramp,
  2. tramp art,
  3. tramp stamp,
  4. tramp steamer,
  5. tramper,
  6. tramping club,
  7. tramping hut,
  8. trample,
  9. trampoline,
  10. tramroad

Origin of tramping

First recorded in 1810–20; tramp + -ing1



verb (used without object)

to tread or walk with a firm, heavy, resounding step.
to tread heavily or trample (usually followed by on or upon): to tramp on a person's toes.
to walk steadily; march; trudge.
to go on a walking excursion or expedition; hike.
to go about as a vagabond or tramp.
to make a voyage on a tramp steamer.

verb (used with object)

to tramp or walk heavily or steadily through or over.
to traverse on foot: to tramp the streets.
to tread or trample underfoot: to tramp grapes.
to travel over as a tramp.
to run (a ship) as a tramp steamer.


the act of tramping.
a firm, heavy, resounding tread.
the sound made by such a tread.
a long, steady walk; trudge.
a walking excursion or expedition; hike.
a person who travels on foot from place to place, especially a vagabond living on occasional jobs or gifts of money or food.
a sexually promiscuous woman; prostitute.
a freight vessel that does not run regularly between fixed ports, but takes a cargo wherever shippers desire.Compare cargo liner.
a piece of iron affixed to the sole of a shoe.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for tramping



(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 tramping
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