\ˈträmp, ˈtrȯmp\
tromped; tromping; tromps

Definition of tromp 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : tramp sense 1 a lot of knocking on doors, tromping from room to room— Sara Davidson

2 : to step hard : stamp tromped on the brake

transitive verb

1 : tramp

2 : stamp tromps the accelerator to the floor— Jim Becker

3a : to give a physical beating to

b : to defeat decisively


biographical name
\ˈtrȯmp, ˈträmp\

Definition of Tromp (Entry 2 of 2)

Maarten Harpertszoon 1598–1653 Dutch admiral

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Examples of tromp in a Sentence


We tromped over the grass. Workmen were tromping through the building all day.

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While their classmates are partying, the Outing Club members are tromping around in the woods, says Waltz. Gloria Liu, Outside Online, "Penn State Axed Its Outdoor Club. What Happened?," 14 May 2018 While the fabric did not do any damage, the activists were prosecuted for tromping across the site and leaving visible trails in the desert near the glyph. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Truck Driver Leaves Tire Tracks Over Peru’s Ancient Nasca Lines," 3 Feb. 2018 Six nights a week in the summer, the doctoral student at Virginia Tech tromps through the woods at Marine Corps Base Quantico in search of northern long-eared bats — a species decimated by a mysterious disease in recent years. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "A mysterious disease is killing millions of bats. These scientists are trying to save them.," 12 July 2018 Rikki heard someone coming up the stairs, the heavy strain of weight tromping up the steps. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018 Their analysis suggests that the creatures were Columbian mammoths, a species that tromped from Canada to modern Nicaragua starting nearly a million years ago. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Rare Mammoth Tracks Reveal an Intimate Portrait of Herd Life," 26 Feb. 2018 Arbus couldn’t just go, fully clothed, and tromp around the camps. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "A Window into the World of Diane Arbus," 24 Apr. 2018 Brotherton and Lucey walked back across the roof to the AB stairs, tromped down one flight, and started searching the top floor for people. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017 Less than a dozen tables are jammed into a small, sparsely decorated room whose only lick of atmosphere is a mural of Godzilla tromping through Dallas. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Poke Stop sure-footed as it catches first wave of Hawaiian-dining trend in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tromp


1846, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for tromp


by alteration

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