traipse (v.) 1590s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from dialectal Fr. trepasser "pass over or beyond," from O.Fr. trespasser (see TRESPASS (Cf. trespass)). Or from a source related to M.Du. trappen, dialectal Norw. trappa "to tread, stamp" (see TRAP (Cf. trap)). Liberman points out that it resembles Ger. 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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  • traipse — [treıps] v [I always + adverb/preposition] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from Old French trepasser; TRESPASS1] informal to walk somewhere in a slow or unwilling way because you are tired or bored traipse around/through/across etc ▪ I ve been… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • traipse — [ treıps ] verb intransitive 1. ) to walk around slowly and without a specific direction: We spent the whole day traipsing around museums. 2. ) to travel to a place that is a long distance from where you are, especially for pleasure: We traipsed… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • traipse — *wander, stray, roam, ramble, rove, range, prowl, gad, gallivant, meander …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • traipse — ► VERB ▪ walk or move wearily, reluctantly, or aimlessly. ► NOUN ▪ a tedious or tiring walk. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

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  • traipse — verb (traipsed; traipsing) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1647 intransitive verb to go on foot ; walk < traipsed over to the restaurant > < children traipsing at her heels >; also to walk or travel about without apparent plan but with or without …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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