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tramp

verb \ ˈtramp , senses vi 1 & vt 1 are also ˈträmp , ˈtrȯmp \

Definition of tramp

intransitive verb
1 :to walk, tread, or step especially heavily
  • tramped loudly on the stairs
2 a :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

tramper

noun

Examples of tramp in a Sentence

  1. We spent the day tramping through the woods.

  2. He tramped the streets looking for his dog.

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Origin and Etymology of tramp

Middle English; akin to Middle Low German trampen to stamp


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tramp

noun \ ˈtramp , senses 3 & 4 are also ˈträmp , ˈtrȯmp \

Definition of tramp

1 a :vagrant 1a
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

trampy

play \ˈtram-pē\ adjective

Examples of tramp in a Sentence

  1. a tramp through the woods

  2. the police encouraged the tramps who were sleeping in the park to spend the bitterly cold night in the homeless shelter

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First Known Use of tramp

1790

tramp Synonyms

Synonyms
bindle stiff, bum, bummer, hobo, sundowner [Australian], swaggie [chiefly Australian], swagman [chiefly Australian], vagabond, vagrant
Related Words
drifter, roamer, transient; beggar, derelict, mendicant, panhandler, stiff; dodger, malingerer, shirker, slacker; gamine, ragamuffin, urchin, waif

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tramp

adjective \ ˈtramp \

Definition of tramp

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

First Known Use of tramp

1873


TRAMP Defined for English Language Learners

tramp

verb

Definition of tramp for English Language Learners

  • : to walk or step heavily

  • : to walk for a long distance or time


tramp

noun

Definition of tramp for English Language Learners

  • : a person who travels from place to place and does not have a home or much money

  • : a woman who has sex with many different men

  • : a walking trip


TRAMP Defined for Kids

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tramp

verb \ ˈtramp \

Definition of tramp for Students

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

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tramp

noun

Definition of tramp for Students

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
3 :2hike


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