Definition of traipse in English:

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Pronunciation: /treɪps/


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
1Walk or move wearily or reluctantly: students had to traipse all over London to attend lectures
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  • Her escapist maman is forever on the move, traipsing them from town to town, never settling, and more often than not late collecting her from a succession of schools.
  • The months spent poring over bridal magazines, traipsing through wedding dress shops, visiting caterers and choosing stationery can take their toll.
  • Our students would have to traipse all over the country to get this calibre of law school education in southern Canada.
1.1Walk about casually or needlessly: there’s people traipsing in and out all the time
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  • Obviously he didn't want another student traipsing around and telling him what to do.
  • Deciding that they need some sort of food, they traipse off in the direction of the shop, still giggling to themselves.
  • And so, traipsing around in jeans and T-shirts, it was my sister and I who were in the minority, surrounded by locals - from octogenarians to newborns - in garments of every hue in the rainbow.


1 [in singular] A tedious or tiring journey on foot.
Example sentences
  • But the Japanese site looked so interesting, that I had a traipse around it.
  • A quick traipse around the site reveals it's no hoax, parody or spoof.
  • But this week, to my amazement, a man of perhaps Arab origin stood on the left, blocking the traipse of climbers.
2 archaic A slovenly woman.
Example sentences
  • He continued to rub his hands all over my body like I was some traipse with a sign on her head flashing ‘I want you, I need you, oh baby, oh baby’.


Late 16th century (as a verb): of unknown origin. The noun is first recorded in sense 2 of the noun in the late 17th century.

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