\ˈtrāps \
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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In the courtyard, watch them traipse through the garden and poke into an airstream that turns into a star-viewing station after dark, telescope and all. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Great at the beach or traipsing through a rainforest. Sarah Sekula, Fox News, "16 Father's Day gifts for the rad dad who loves the outdoors," 7 June 2018 Directed by Joe DeSantis, the video features the Philadelphia native -- born Carla Cappa -- traipsing about her house in a long tracking shot as she’s followed by a swarm of LED lights. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "CAPPA Builds the 'Tension' in Latest Video: Exclusive," 5 July 2018 The result is a plethora of curious and clever machines that are beginning to traipse and hop all over the place. Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Roboticists Are Copying Nature to Make Fantastical Machines," 28 June 2018 To revive the route as a leisure trail, the local council had to persuade 161 landowners to allow hordes of strangers to traipse through their property — without paying them a cent for the privilege. Ed O’loughlin, New York Times, "Success of Irish Trail Shows That Maybe You Can Eat the Scenery," 26 Feb. 2018 Think lots of fans traipsed through the music room during open houses? Lauren Beale,, "Glen Campbell house with recording studio sells in Agoura Hills," 4 June 2018 She was joined by her 9-year-old daughter and her friend Nellie Draganic, who happily traipsed through the fields as Pell documented the frolics. Catherine Bigelow,, "Summer’s R&R hot spots from SF’s social set," 10 July 2018 Kourtney Kardashian — who missed Khloé’s birthday party this week while traipsing around Europe with boyfriend Younes Bendjima and has expressed a desire to retreat from the spotlight in the past — is feeling the pressure of her high-profile life. Michele Corriston,, "KUWTK Returns: Which Sister 'Doesn't Want to Be a Kardashian Anymore'?," 29 June 2018

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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

: to walk or go somewhere


\ˈtrāps \
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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