\ ˈtramp How to pronounce tramp (audio) , intransitive sense 1 & transitive sense 1 are also ˈträmp, ˈtrȯmp \
tramped; tramping; tramps

Definition of tramp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to walk, tread, or step especially heavily tramped loudly on the stairs
2a : to travel about on foot : hike
b : to journey as a tramp

transitive verb

1 : to tread on forcibly and repeatedly
2 : to travel or wander through or over on foot have tramped all the woods on their property


\ ˈtramp How to pronounce tramp (audio) , senses 3 & 4 are also ˈträmp, ˈtrȯmp \

Definition of tramp (Entry 2 of 3)

b : a foot traveler
c : a woman of loose morals specifically : prostitute
2 : a walking trip : hike
3 : the succession of sounds made by the beating of feet on a surface (such as a road, pavement, or floor)
4 : an iron plate to protect the sole of a shoe
5 : a ship not making regular trips but taking cargo when and where it offers and to any port

called also tramp steamer


\ ˈtramp How to pronounce tramp (audio) \

Definition of tramp (Entry 3 of 3)

: having no fixed abode, connection, or destination a tramp dog

Other Words from tramp


tramper noun


trampy \ ˈtram-​pē How to pronounce tramp (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for tramp

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of tramp in a Sentence

Verb We spent the day tramping through the woods. He tramped the streets looking for his dog. Noun a tramp through the woods the police encouraged the tramps who were sleeping in the park to spend the bitterly cold night in the homeless shelter
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Malls in Dubai now have Chinese on their signs alongside Arabic and English, with tour groups tramping through and high-end shoppers targeting luxury stores. Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2020 On pavements where Soviet workers once tramped to shifts at the Uralmash heavy-machinery plant, babushkas now lay out their wares: apples, mushrooms, smoked fish. The Economist, 3 Oct. 2019 Home to Regan is beyond the reach of modern technology, tramping the loamy forest foraging for mushrooms, wood sorrel and tiny wild strawberries. Deborah Reid, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2019 Most backcountry tramping involves climbing mountains using tree roots as a ladder or shimmying across precarious three-wire bridges (or just plain old river crossings) and wading through mud up to your chest. Liz Carlson, Outside Online, 24 June 2019 To view these almost-overgrown messages and art today, our small group tramped through prickly underbrush and tried to imagine the hard, solitary lives the sheepherders led. Sara Lessley, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2019 The walls were spattered, from baseboard to ceiling, in blood and so much pooled on the floor that the police had to build a makeshift bridge to get to the body without tramping through it. Edmund H. Mahony,, 23 July 2019 In the meantime, Strong will continue tramping around fields in Vermont, looking for more of the striking birds that have become a significant part of his research. Brian Macquarrie,, 21 July 2019 On June 23rd the residents of Turkey’s biggest city will be tramping to the polls all over again. The Economist, 21 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Be prepared to go without a shower or electricity for the duration of your tramp. Ali Wunderman, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Sitting atop an immaculate glass coffee table was an overflowing ashtray and a small pile of hardcover books, the top one of which teased a history of tramp steamers. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Mar. 2022 The second time netted $1,500 in gold and silver coins — and eventual life sentences because the crash killed a train fireman and a tramp. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 The movie thus plays like a throwback in several respects, back to an era when audiences dutifully flocked to theaters to see the likes of Robert Taylor or Alan Ladd tramp around in armor. Brian Lowry, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Synonyms for beggar include hobo, pauper, tramp, vagrant, derelict, mendicant, bum, supplicant, deadbeat, borrower. Stephen Miller, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 And finally, from the column of false negatives, the tart is a bit of a tramp. Beth Segal, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2021 All eyes are drawn to the two tramp-like figures who command the stage. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 22 Aug. 2021 Her family received calls and letters calling her a drug addict, a tramp, a communist., 20 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tramp


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tramp


Middle English; akin to Middle Low German trampen to stamp

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\ ˈtramp How to pronounce tramp (audio) \
tramped; tramping

Kids Definition of tramp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to travel or wander through on foot They tramped through the thin snow …— Susan Cooper, The Dark Is Rising
2 : to walk heavily



Kids Definition of tramp (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person who wanders from place to place, has no home or job, and often lives by begging or stealing
2 : the sounds made by the beat of marching feet

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