\ ˈtrāps How to pronounce traipse (audio) \
traipsed; traipsing

Definition of traipse

intransitive verb

: to go on foot : walk traipsed over to the restaurant children traipsing at her heels also : to walk or travel about without apparent plan but with or without a purpose a week traipsing through the Ozarks traipsing from office to office

transitive verb

: tramp, walk traipse the countryside

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traipse noun

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wander, roam, ramble, rove, traipse, meander mean to go about from place to place usually without a plan or definite purpose. wander implies an absence of or an indifference to a fixed course. fond of wandering about the square just watching the people roam suggests wandering about freely and often far afield. liked to roam through the woods ramble stresses carelessness and indifference to one's course or objective. the speaker rambled on without ever coming to the point rove suggests vigorous and sometimes purposeful roaming. armed brigands roved over the countryside traipse implies a course that is erratic but may sometimes be purposeful. traipsed all over town looking for the right dress meander implies a winding or intricate course suggestive of aimless or listless wandering. the river meanders for miles through rich farmland

Examples of traipse in a Sentence

I traipsed all over town looking for the right dress. I'm too old to go traipsing around Europe.

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The idea of unskilled volunteers naively traipsing through Africa sparks the type of bad press usually reserved for Kardashians and philandering politicians. Ken Budd, National Geographic, "Does voluntourism help? Here are the questions to ask before you go," 27 June 2019 To play, the couple’s three children had to traipse through the master bedroom to get to the backyard. Emily Young,, "An overcrowded 1950s bungalow morphs into a sleek, spacious refuge," 12 July 2019 Grande and her crew even traipsed through the VIP area a few times with Grande stopping to sing several songs from a small circular platform. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Ariana Grande plays her finest local gig to date, but the crowd couldn’t see her," 8 July 2019 Naturally, the paparazzi have been all over the former First Family, capturing images of Barack and the two sisters traipsing around France and hiking, as well as a rare shot of Michelle Obama rocking curly hair. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Michelle Obama Just Wore Her Hair Curly on Vacation," 21 June 2019 There’s something inherently funny about little French farmers traipsing across your body in a Dior swimsuit. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "The History Behind The Star Print of Dior's Latest Swimsuit Collection, Toile de Jouy," 12 June 2019 As someone who’s spent her adult life traipsing in and out of locker rooms and press conferences, the mystique surrounding athletes gets lost on me. Joan Niesen,, "St. Louis Blues' Stanley Cup Parade Felt Like Redemption," 16 June 2019 Forget traipsing out to the Coach Outlet at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. Doreen Christensen,, "Top 8 online outlet stores for designer goods | Doreen’s Deals," 21 June 2019 According to the museum, about 7,000 visitors traipsed through, higher than MoMA’s projection. New York Times, "What 7 Visitors (and One Guard) Cherished on MoMA’s Closing Day," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of traipse

1647, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for traipse

origin unknown

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The first known use of traipse was in 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of traipse

informal : to walk or go somewhere


\ ˈtrāps How to pronounce traipse (audio) \
traipsed; traipsing

Kids Definition of traipse

: to walk or wander about “You'll have to keep this animal locked up. No more traipsing around loose after this.”— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg

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to make a temporary encampment

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