follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

trek

[trek] /trɛk/
verb (used without object), trekked, trekking.
1.
to travel or migrate, especially slowly or with difficulty.
2.
South Africa. to travel by ox wagon.
verb (used with object), trekked, trekking.
3.
South Africa. (of a draft animal) to draw (a vehicle or load).
noun
4.
a journey or trip, especially one involving difficulty or hardship.
5.
South Africa. a migration or expedition, as by ox wagon.
6.
South Africa. a stage of a journey, especially by ox wagon, between one stopping place and the next.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Afrikaans < Dutch trek (noun), trekken (v.) to draw (a vehicle or load), migrate
Related forms
untrekked, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for treks

trek

/trɛk/
noun
1.
a long and often difficult journey
2.
(South African) a journey or stage of a journey, esp a migration by ox wagon
verb treks, trekking, trekked
3.
(intransitive) to make a trek
4.
(transitive) (South African) (of an ox, etc) to draw (a load)
Derived Forms
trekker, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch trekken to travel; related to Old Frisian trekka
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for treks

trek

1849 (n.); 1850 (v.), "to travel or migrate by ox wagon," from Afrikaans trek, from Dutch trekken "to march, journey," originally "to draw, pull," from Middle Dutch trecken (cf. Middle Low German trecken, Old High German trechan "to draw"). Especially in reference to the Groot Trek (1835 and after) of more than 10,000 Boers, who, discontent with the English colonial authorities, left Cape Colony and went north and north-east.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for trek

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for treks

9
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for treks