\ 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


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Definition of tramp (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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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
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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, "UAE confirms 4 Chinese tourists have virus, first in Mideast," 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, "A tribute to the Russian avant-garde sets off a storm," 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, "How acclaimed Chicago chef Iliana Regan found her bliss in the woods," 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, "8 Can't-Miss New Zealand Adventures," 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, "Hiking, birding and more on a weekend trip to Lee Vining," 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,, "More than three decades later, troubling questions and contradictions remain about two murder convictions and the role of forensic scientist Henry Lee," 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,, "In Vermont, hopes for the bobolink’s return," 21 July 2019 On June 23rd the residents of Turkey’s biggest city will be tramping to the polls all over again. The Economist, "A re-election in Istanbul tests President Erdogan’s power," 21 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her family received calls and letters calling her a drug addict, a tramp, a communist., "The girl in the Kent State photo and the lifelong burden of being a national symbol," 20 Apr. 2021 Her family received calls and letters calling her a drug addict, a tramp, a communist., "The girl in the Kent State photo and the lifelong burden of being a national symbol," 20 Apr. 2021 Her family received calls and letters calling her a drug addict, a tramp, a communist. Patricia Mccormick, Washington Post, "The Girl in the Kent State Photo," 19 Apr. 2021 An anonymous Depression Era saying put it this way: a tramp wanders and dreams, a hobo wanders and works, and a bum neither wanders nor works. Austin Hewitt,, "Yesteryears: By any name, some of the many riding the rails and traveling the country wound up in Carroll County, often at the almshouse," 9 Apr. 2021 The little tramp joins a circus, befriends a bareback rider and walks the tightrope. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Lock in the childhood spirit this summer with a big backyard trampoline of your own, like the Merax 12-foot tramp. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "15 products to help you relive your childhood summers," 25 June 2020 An emperor and a tycoon are as vulnerable as a tramp before the mechanisms of the natural world, who will grind each one of us back down to our cellular origins. The School Of Life, CNN, "The School of Life Presents: Nature may be the antidote to our modern way of life," 27 May 2020 The leaf springs which were adequate with Falcon engine torque began to give trouble with axle tramp and spring wind-up during development with the 289-cu in Mustang V-8, so the springs were beefed up too. Car and Driver, "Tested: 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tramp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk or step heavily
: to walk for a long distance or time



English Language Learners Definition of tramp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who travels from place to place and does not have a home or much money
chiefly US, disapproving + somewhat old-fashioned : a woman who has sex with many different men
somewhat old-fashioned : a walking trip


\ 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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