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traipse

[treyps] /treɪps/
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.
Also, trapes.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; earlier trapse, unexplained variant of trape, obscurely akin to tramp
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  • Along with free-roaming animals, locals and visitors are constantly traipsing across each other's lawns.
  • These boots were on my feet on some hot summer days, and while traipsing through the snow.
British Dictionary definitions for traipsing

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 traipsing

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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