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[treyps] /treɪps/ Informal.
verb (used without object), traipsed, traipsing.
to walk or go aimlessly or idly or without finding or reaching one's goal:
We traipsed all over town looking for a copy of the book.
verb (used with object), traipsed, traipsing.
to walk over; tramp:
to traipse the fields.
a tiring walk.
Also, trapes.
Origin of traipse
1585-95; earlier trapse, unexplained variant of trape, obscurely akin to tramp Unabridged
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Examples from the web for traipse
  • He offers me a quick traipse through rooms that are, to put it mildly, unimproved.
  • Five hundred gardeners are likely to traipse through, admiring their favorite plants.
  • We go fishing and stomp out in the mud flats, traipse through the mangroves, or scuba dive.
British Dictionary definitions for traipse


(intransitive) to walk heavily or tiredly
a long or tiring walk; trudge
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for traipse

1590s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from dialectal French trepasser "pass over or beyond," from Old French trespasser (see trespass). Or from a source related to Middle Dutch trappen, dialectal Norwegian trappa "to tread, stamp" (see trap). Liberman points out that it resembles German traben "tramp" "and other similar verbs meaning 'tramp; wander; flee' in several European languages. They seem to have been part of soldiers' and vagabonds' slang between 1400 and 1700. In all likelihood, they originated as onomatopoeias and spread to neighboring languages from Low German." Related: Traipsed; traipsing.

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