- The definition of a tramp is a homeless vagabond who wanders from place to place, or is slang for a loose woman who is immoral and sleeps with everyone and anyone.
- A vagabond with no home who wanders around the country looking for work is an example of a tramp.
- A promiscuous woman who will sleep with almost anyone who shows interest is an example of a tramp.
- To tramp is to hike or travel on foot.
To backpack around Europe is an example of to tramp.
- to walk with heavy steps
- to step heavily; stamp: to tramp on someone's foot
- to travel about on foot; trudge; hike
- to travel as or like a vagabond, hobo, etc.
Origin of trampMiddle English trampen from or akin to Low German trampen, to trample from nasalized form of the base in trap
- to step on firmly and heavily; trample
- to walk or ramble through
- a person who travels about on foot, esp. one doing odd jobs or begging for a living; hobo; vagrant
- the sound of heavy steps, as of people marching
- the act of tramping; esp., a journey on foot; hike
Origin of tramp< ocean tramp: so called from its irregular travels, determined by the demand for its services a ship, esp. a small steamship, that has no regular schedule, arranging for cargo, occasional passengers, and ports of call as it goes along
- an iron plate on the sole of a shoe to protect it, to prevent slipping, etc.
- Informal a woman who is sexually promiscuous: a dismissive or contemptuous term
verbtramped, tramp·ing, tramps
- To walk with a firm, heavy step; trudge.
- a. To travel on foot; hike.b. To wander about aimlessly.
- To traverse on foot: tramp the fields.
- To tread down; trample: tramp down snow.
- a. A heavy footfall.b. The sound produced by heavy walking or marching.
- A walking trip; a hike.
- One who travels aimlessly about on foot, doing odd jobs or begging for a living; a vagrant.
- a. A prostitute.b. A person regarded as promiscuous.
- Nautical A tramp steamer.
- A metal plate attached to the sole of a shoe for protection, as when spading ground.
Origin of trampMiddle English trampen to walk heavily from Middle Low German
- (pejorative) A homeless person, a vagabond.
- (pejorative) A disreputable, promiscuous woman; a slut.
- "I can't believe you'd let yourself be seen with that tramp."
- "Claudia is such a tramp; making out with all those men when she has a boyfriend."
- Any ship which does not have a fixed schedule or published ports of call.
- (Australia, New Zealand) A long walk, possibly of more than one day, in a scenic or wilderness area.
- Short for trampoline, especially a very small one.
(third-person singular simple present tramps, present participle tramping, simple past and past participle tramped)
- To walk with heavy footsteps.
- To walk for a long time (usually through difficult terrain).
- We tramped through the woods for hours before we found the main path again.
- To hitchhike
- To tread upon forcibly and repeatedly; to trample.
- To travel or wander through.
- to tramp the country
- (Scotland) To cleanse, as clothes, by treading upon them in water.
Noun sense “vagabond" as “one who tramps" from 1664. Sense of ship from c.1880, sense of promiscuous woman from 1922.