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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 trekking
  • When you think of people seeking divine visions, you imagine them trekking to some mountainous cloister.
  • He loved it all, even when two near-fatal spider bites persuaded him to give up the barefoot trekking.
  • Kids will be thrilled with the railroad that circles the park, and they may enjoy trekking across the pond on a paddle boat.
  • For those with more than a few days, the tour operators can organize weeks of trekking.
  • Their tour desk can arrange everything from scuba to trekking and rafting.
  • Includes overview and detail maps, along with useful guide and trekking information.
  • We are two different animals, one migrating, one trekking.
  • After a thousand years of solitude, the hermit kingdom is trekking over steep ground to reach the modern world.
  • These stable trekking packs have also undergone a complete transformation.
  • Active pursuits nearby: bamboo rafting, mountain biking, trekking.
British Dictionary definitions for trekking


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 trekking


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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