tramp

verb
\ 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

tramp

noun
\ 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

tramp

adjective
\ ˈtramp How to pronounce tramp (audio) \

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

Verb

tramper noun

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 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, courant.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 Asian tramp snails, shown on a coffee leaf with rust fungus, can consume large amounts of the coffee rust before the disease can damage the plant, a new study shows. Esther Horvath, National Geographic, "When ‘wash your hands’ was controversial," 11 Mar. 2020 Rent snowshoes from the resort’s Skyline Lodge and tramp around frozen Puffer Lake. National Geographic, "Here’s the best winter road trip through Utah," 23 Jan. 2020 In 1950, at 18, Jacques went to sea on a tramp steamer running coal between Dunkirk, France, and Algiers, the capital of the rebellious French colony of Algeria. BostonGlobe.com, "Jacques Chirac, who molded the legacy of Charles de Gaulle into a personal power base that made him one of the dominant leaders of France across three decades and a vocal advocate of European unity, died on Thursday at his home in Paris. He was 86.," 27 Sep. 2019 In 1950, at 18, Jacques went to sea on a tramp steamer running coal between Dunkirk, France, and Algiers, the capital of Algeria, the rebellious French possession. New York Times, "Jacques Chirac, Who Led France Envisioning European Unity, Is Dead at 86," 26 Sep. 2019 Gary was driving us to our first attempt at an extended tramp, a night in a bush hut a two-hour hike into the Orongorongo Valley. Longreads, "Tramp Like Us," 18 Sep. 2019 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. BostonGlobe.com, "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

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First Known Use of tramp

Verb

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

Noun

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tramp

Verb

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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Last Updated

13 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tramp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tramp. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for tramp

tramp

verb
How to pronounce tramp (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tramp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

tramp

noun
How to pronounce tramp (audio)

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

tramp

verb
\ 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

tramp

noun

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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