tramp [tramp] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for tramp on 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)

  1. to tramp or walk heavily or steadily through or over.
  2. to traverse on foot: to tramp the streets.
  3. to tread or trample underfoot: to tramp grapes.
  4. to travel over as a tramp.
  5. to run (a ship) as a tramp steamer.


  1. the act of tramping.
  2. a firm, heavy, resounding tread.
  3. the sound made by such a tread.
  4. a long, steady walk; trudge.
  5. a walking excursion or expedition; hike.
  6. a person who travels on foot from place to place, especially a vagabond living on occasional jobs or gifts of money or food.
  7. a sexually promiscuous woman; prostitute.
  8. a freight vessel that does not run regularly between fixed ports, but takes a cargo wherever shippers desire.Compare cargo liner.
  9. a piece of iron affixed to the sole of a shoe.

Origin of tramp 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 formstramp·er, nountramp·ish, adjectivetramp·ish·ly, adverbtramp·ish·ness, nounun·tramped, adjectiveSynonyms for tramp See more synonyms for on 17. vagrant, bum, hobo. Related Words for tramp hobo, traipse, ramble, trudge, gallop, plod, trample, slog, roam, panhandler, down-and-out, beggar, wanderer, loafer, vagrant, outcast, drifter, bum, vagabond, derelict Examples from the Web for tramp Contemporary Examples of tramp

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  • Lester is a strange little man alone in a cabin, not far from The Tramp locked in his cabin in The Gold Rush.

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  • When he was in Europe writing the book A Tramp Abroad, the man most of us know as Mark Twain was missing home dearly.

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  • Historical Examples of tramp

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

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  • Enter Michael, Neighbour, an old man and a lad, pushing the Tramp before them.

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  • George stuck close to the Tramp all the balance of that day.

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  • Tramp, the cat, would probably have told the same story if he had been able to talk.

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  • And then to where he lay came Vincente, the Tramp Juggler, great in his line.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for tramp tramp verb

    1. (intr) to walk long and far; hike
    2. to walk heavily or firmly across or through (a place); march or trudge
    3. (intr) to wander about as a vagabond or tramp
    4. (tr) to make (a journey) or traverse (a place) on foot, esp laboriously or wearilyto tramp the streets in search of work
    5. (tr) to tread or trample
    6. (intr) NZ to walk for sport or recreation, esp in the bush


    1. a person who travels about on foot, usually with no permanent home, living by begging or doing casual work
    2. a long hard walk; hike
    3. a heavy or rhythmic step or tread
    4. the sound of heavy treading
    5. Also called: tramp steamer a merchant ship that does not run between ports on a regular schedule but carries cargo wherever the shippers desire
    6. slang, mainly US and Canadian a prostitute or promiscuous girl or woman
    7. an iron plate on the sole of a boot

    Derived Formstramping, nountrampish, adjectiveWord Origin for tramp C14: probably from Middle Low German trampen; compare Gothic ana-trimpan to press heavily upon, German trampen to hitchhike 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.


    “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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