Traffic Definition

trafficked, trafficking, traffics
Trading over great distances; commerce.
Webster's New World
Vehicles or pedestrians in transit.
Heavy traffic on the turnpike; stopped oncoming traffic to let the children cross.
American Heritage
Transportation of goods for trading.
Webster's New World
Buying and selling; barter; trade, sometimes, specif., of a wrong or illegal kind.
Traffic in drugs.
Webster's New World
The movement or number of automobiles along a street, pedestrians along a sidewalk, ships using a port, etc.
Webster's New World
trafficked, traffics
To carry on traffic, esp. illegal trade (in a commodity)
Webster's New World
To have traffic, trade, or dealings (with someone)
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To pass goods and commodities from one person to another for an equivalent in goods or money; to buy or sell goods; to barter; to trade.

Of or having to do with traffic.
A traffic violation, traffic manager.
Webster's New World

Origin of Traffic

  • French trafic from Old French trafique from Old Italian traffico from trafficare to trade perhaps from Catalan trafegar to decant from Vulgar Latin trānsfaecāre trāns- trans- faex faec- dregs feces

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French trafique (“traffic"), from Italian traffico (“traffic") from Italian trafficare (“to carry on trade"). Potentially from Vulgar Latin *transfricare (“to rub across").

    From Wiktionary

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