- When people are wandering in and out of a room without any real reason to do so, this is an example of a time when they traipse around.
- When you are on a hike and are tired and have a heavy backpack to carry and you walk without much energy or desire to go any further, this is an example of a time when you traipse on.
transitive verbtraipsed, traips′ing
Origin of traipseearlier trapse, probably from or akin to Frisian trapsen, to walk aimlessly, with storklike gait, intensive of an unverified form trappen; akin to MDu, to tread, stamp, Old English treppan: see trap
verbtraipsed, traips·ing, traips·es
Origin of traipsePerhaps ultimately from Old French trespasser to trespass ; see trespass .
(third-person singular simple present traipses, present participle traipsing, simple past and past participle traipsed)
- (intransitive, colloquial) To walk about, especially when expending much effort, or unnecessary effort.
- (colloquial) To walk (a distance or journey) wearily or with effort; to walk about or over (a place).
- A long or tiring walk.
- It was a long traipse uphill all the way home.
Origin from the French for 'pass over or beyond'; apparently related to trape.