\ˈtramp, senses vi 1 & vt 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, senses 3 & 4 are also ˈträmp, ˈtrȯmp\

Definition of tramp (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : vagrant sense 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


\ˈtramp \

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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for tramp

Synonyms: Verb

barge, clump, flog [British], flounder, galumph, lumber, lump, plod, pound, scuff, scuffle, shamble, shuffle, slog, slough, stamp, stomp, stumble, stump, tromp, trudge

Synonyms: Noun

bindle stiff, bum, bummer, hobo, sundowner [Australian], swaggie [chiefly Australian], swagman [chiefly Australian], vagabond, vagrant

Antonyms: Verb

breeze, coast, glide, slide, waltz, whisk

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Examples of tramp in a Sentence


We spent the day tramping through the woods. He tramped the streets looking for his dog.


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

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 Some huts originated as outposts for miners, hunters, foresters, or shepherds, others as way stations for alpinists, scientists, tourists or tramping club members. New York Times, "At New Zealand Trail Huts, Shelter, Conversation and Community," 14 Feb. 2018 Television crews tramped across the Schoos' lawn, as well as the lawns of their extended family members. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Archive: Home Alone case turns 10 - Media circus caused soul-searching among latchkey-kid parents," 20 Dec. 2017 Over the next several years the German businessman, who made his fortune in trading raw materials for ammunition production, tramped around the Mediterranean. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany, and How the Nazis Stole It," 6 Apr. 2017 Hamburg, Germany (CNN)An eclectic and international mix of demonstrators peacefully tramped through the streets of Hamburg on Saturday, a show of anti-capitalist muscle in earshot of the world's top leaders who were finishing up at the G20 summit. Kara Fox And Joe Sterling, CNN, "Protesters flood streets of Hamburg as G20 wraps up," 8 July 2017 Last year a tourist died after walking off a pedestrian boardwalk into a thermal area, a group of Canadian adventurers tramped around in the Grand Prismatic Spring, then publicized it. Lew Freedman, idahostatesman, "At Yellowstone, new safe selfie pledge will cut down on animal attacks, officials hope," 6 May 2017 In the final days before France’s presidential election on Sunday, Emmanuel Macron was tramping through the snow high in the mountains near the Spanish border for a critical campaign stop near this tiny village where his grandparents once lived. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "Macron Wants to Change France. But Will Voters Elect an Unknown?," 19 Apr. 2017 A group of young boys dressed in old-fashioned regimental uniforms tramped up a staircase and strode purposefully toward him, wooden rifles slung over their shoulders. Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, New York Times, "A Legend of the International Culture Scene Makes His Mark on New York," 13 Oct. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Those who blame the victims - who call them whores and tramps and sluts - are as guilty as those who commit the acts. Bob Sims,, "'s John Archibald wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary," 16 Apr. 2018 But my grandfather’s generation worked as fruit tramps — seasonal itinerant labor — and my parents had seven kids on a budget that barely supported a couple. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Why I'm going to keep watching 'Roseanne' and 'problematic pop culture'," 1 Apr. 2018 Mercedes Diaz tramps into a muddy soybean field and runs her brightly manicured fingers through the limbs of dozens of knee-high plants. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, "Is This the Next Green Revolution?," 22 Aug. 2017 Then Paul Brotherton, still searching for homeless tramps with Jerry Lucey, keyed his radio for the first time, answering his chief from somewhere high up in the warehouse. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017 Twitter Facebook − + Fred1259 Nat Mirotta • 4 days ago Praying mantis is such a greedy tramp. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Taylor Swift's 'End Game' Video Spurs Debut on Streaming Songs Chart," 24 Jan. 2018 On the morning of Dec. 6, 1917, the SS Mont-Blanc, a French tramp steamer, made its way slowly into Halifax Harbor, a stopover on its way to deliver its cargo to the French army. Stephen Maher,, "'The Great Halifax Explosion': A tragedy deftly retold," 21 Dec. 2017

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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

: a woman who has sex with many different men

: a walking trip


\ˈtramp \
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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