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traipse

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[treyps] /treɪps/ Informal.
verb (used without object), traipsed, traipsing.
1.
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.
2.
to walk over; tramp:
to traipse the fields.
noun
3.
a tiring walk.
Origin of traipse
1585-1595
1585-95; earlier trapse, unexplained variant of trape, obscurely akin to tramp
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  • Goodness knows where you may have dropped it, and if you think I'm going to traipse back you're much mistaken.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • I don't mean she's got enough to traipse round with duchesses and earls and that sort, but she's got enough.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • And what's more, you just don't need to traipse along another step with me now.

    Bob Hampton of Placer Randall Parrish
  • She called me up twice yesterday to see they needed it, as if I had nothin' to do but traipse aroun' after her.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • "Or why she consents to traipse all over the country with you," laughed Ted.

    Ted Strong in Montana Edward C. Taylor
  • She was a young forty, yet somehow hardly young enough to traipse houseless after him wherever his whim might lead him.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for traipse

traipse

/treɪps/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to walk heavily or tiredly
noun
2.
a long or tiring walk; trudge
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for traipse
v.

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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