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[trek] /trɛk/
verb (used without object), trekked, trekking.
to travel or migrate, especially slowly or with difficulty.
South Africa. to travel by ox wagon.
verb (used with object), trekked, trekking.
South Africa. (of a draft animal) to draw (a vehicle or load).
a journey or trip, especially one involving difficulty or hardship.
South Africa. a migration or expedition, as by ox wagon.
South Africa. a stage of a journey, especially by ox wagon, between one stopping place and the next.
Origin of trek
1815-25; < Afrikaans < Dutch trek (noun), trekken (v.) to draw (a vehicle or load), migrate
Related forms
untrekked, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trekked
  • She fled from the embers of her hut and trekked for four days through the desert.
  • They trekked westward in search of land and freedom.
  • Would-be voters trekked from polling station to polling station searching for the right one before giving up.
  • He's trekked through glacial storms, fallen through rifts and awakened on ice that's drifted out to sea.
  • Since then people have trekked to the pole in almost every conceivable way to make it more of a challenge.
  • Some of us moved quickly up the side of the mountain, while others took their time and trekked at a snail's pace.
  • We took a rowboat to an area left bare by the tide, then trekked a few hundred yards to a gurgling stream.
  • In the old days, when you trekked to a store to buy a book or magazine with cash, there was no permanent record of the purchase.
  • Gold seekers trekked from every part of the world and every walk of life to sift the streams for gold.
  • Most supplies must be either flown in by helicopter or trekked in on horseback or by mule trains.
British Dictionary definitions for trekked


a long and often difficult journey
(South African) a journey or stage of a journey, esp a migration by ox wagon
verb treks, trekking, trekked
(intransitive) to make a trek
(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
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Word Origin and History for trekked


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.

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