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tramp

[tramp] /træmp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to tread or walk with a firm, heavy, resounding step.
2.
to tread heavily or trample (usually followed by on or upon):
to tramp on a person's toes.
3.
to walk steadily; march; trudge.
4.
to go on a walking excursion or expedition; hike.
5.
to go about as a vagabond or tramp.
6.
to make a voyage on a tramp steamer.
verb (used with object)
7.
to tramp or walk heavily or steadily through or over.
8.
to traverse on foot:
to tramp the streets.
9.
to tread or trample underfoot:
to tramp grapes.
10.
to travel over as a tramp.
11.
to run (a ship) as a tramp steamer.
noun
12.
the act of tramping.
13.
a firm, heavy, resounding tread.
14.
the sound made by such a tread.
15.
a long, steady walk; trudge.
16.
a walking excursion or expedition; hike.
17.
a person who travels on foot from place to place, especially a vagabond living on occasional jobs or gifts of money or food.
18.
a sexually promiscuous woman; prostitute.
19.
a freight vessel that does not run regularly between fixed ports, but takes a cargo wherever shippers desire.
Compare cargo liner.
20.
a piece of iron affixed to the sole of a shoe.
Origin of tramp
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English trampen to stamp; cognate with Low German trampen; akin to Gothic ana-trimpan to press hard upon. See traipse, trample
Related forms
tramper, noun
trampish, adjective
trampishly, adverb
trampishness, noun
untramped, adjective
Synonyms
17. vagrant, bum, hobo.
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Examples from the Web for tramp
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  • Charley used to hide hemp seed and sugar under the edge of the pillows for the tramp to find.

  • I love all the birds,” said Kitty, “but the tramp is my very own bird.

  • "In the tramp House," she answered, in a voice which was not hers at all, and made Harold look more curiously at her.

    Gretchen Mary J. Holmes
  • George stuck close to the tramp all the balance of that day.

  • tramp down the long dusty road to a small town some few miles off, where I knew of more than one snug hostelry?

    The Gypsy's Parson George Hall
  • tramp, the cat, would probably have told the same story if he had been able to talk.

    Side Show Studies Francis Metcalfe
  • Having myself been offered a halfpenny for a screw of sugar in the tramp Ward I could believe him.

British Dictionary definitions for tramp

tramp

/træmp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to walk long and far; hike
2.
to walk heavily or firmly across or through (a place); march or trudge
3.
(intransitive) to wander about as a vagabond or tramp
4.
(transitive) to make (a journey) or traverse (a place) on foot, esp laboriously or wearily: to tramp the streets in search of work
5.
(transitive) to tread or trample
6.
(intransitive) (NZ) to walk for sport or recreation, esp in the bush
noun
7.
a person who travels about on foot, usually with no permanent home, living by begging or doing casual work
8.
a long hard walk; hike
9.
a heavy or rhythmic step or tread
10.
the sound of heavy treading
11.
Also called tramp steamer. a merchant ship that does not run between ports on a regular schedule but carries cargo wherever the shippers desire
12.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a prostitute or promiscuous girl or woman
13.
an iron plate on the sole of a boot
Derived Forms
tramping, noun
trampish, adjective
Word Origin
C14: probably from Middle Low German trampen; compare Gothic ana-trimpan to press heavily upon, German trampen to hitchhike
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Word Origin and History for tramp
v.

late 14c., "walk heavily, stamp," from Middle Low German trampen "to stamp," from Proto-Germanic *tramp- (cf. Danish trampe, Swedish trampa "to tramp, stamp," Gothic ana-trimpan "to press upon"), probably from a variant of the Proto-Germanic source of trap. Related: Tramped; tramping.

n.

"person who wanders about, vagabond," 1660s, from tramp (v). Sense of "steamship which takes cargo wherever it can be traded" (as opposed to one running a regular line) is attested from c.1880. The meaning "promiscuous woman" is from 1922.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tramp

train with

verb phrase

To associate with; consort with; hang out: the money it required to train with such/ And I don't train with lawyers

[1871+; probably fr the notion of linking up with or even riding on the train with; perhaps influenced by the prizefighter's close association with those he trains with]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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