\ 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 trampy (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 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 By 1860, there were more than 3,000 photographers in the country; studios sprouted in cities and towns, and itinerant practitioners tramped the back country. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "Book Review: Snapshots That Changed Minds," 29 Mar. 2019 The directors spend long stretches of Cargo on characters tramping around the outback, or surveying their surroundings, or otherwise standing still. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Cargo has a few new ideas for the zombie genre," 21 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With their sweat shirts pulled tight against the drizzling spring rain, Britney Mendez and Emily Alvarado tramp through Brighton’s patchwork of old homes and new developments., "ada Pierre is tiny, her ambition drawn taut as a bowstring. The 16-year-old daughter of Haitian immigrants wears her hair in a small bun atop her head, her emerging political consciousness finding its voice in the bevy of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo stickers she’s pasted to her MacBook.," 15 Sep. 2019 Mostly isolated in the Yukon, the little tramp cooks a shoe, falls in love, hangs from a cliff and strikes it rich. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Maddox trains in trampoline and tramp wall skills, the latter of which is a Cirque du Soleil event that involves trampolining while using a wall. Ramona Sentinel, "Lora Kapelczak flies high as an aerial acrobat artist," 29 Aug. 2019 There’s also some poetic justice in his casting — Monte really is a tramp. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Disney found its new 'Lady and the Tramp' star in a Phoenix animal shelter," 20 Aug. 2019 After all, those tramps weren’t dreaming of walking in the sun in Alabama. Ken Capobianco,, "On ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce Springsteen still singing for the lonely," 12 June 2019 Hobos, or tramps, were itinerant workers and wanderers who illegally hopped freight cars on the newly expanding railroad in the United States in the late 19th century. Coleman Lowndes, Vox, "The (mostly) true story of hobo graffiti," 17 July 2018 Either way, the woman comes out the other end a victim and a champion, but as a tramp and a hussy too. Benjy Hansen-bundy, Glamour, "What 1,147 Men Really Think About #MeToo," 30 May 2018 The two writers took the long way home, stopping to talk with conjurers, tramps, convicts, and backwoods preachers all over the South. Casey N. Cep, The New Yorker, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print," 7 May 2018

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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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The first known use of tramp was in the 14th century

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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


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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) \
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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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