- 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.
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.