Definition of tramp in English:

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Pronunciation: /tramp/


[no object]
1Walk heavily or noisily: he tramped around the room
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  • Armed with a third key, I tramp up the stairs once more.
  • Brad and Julia tramped up the stairs, each carrying a tray laden with food and cups of coffee.
  • You're tramping through the jungle - you just get a feeling of what you're looking for.
1.1Walk through or over a place wearily or reluctantly and for long distances: we have tramped miles over mountain and moorland
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  • As summer bled its long days into the shortening evenings of autumn, I'd tramp in reluctantly with feet squidging in wet runners.
  • In September, 54 conscripts were arrested after abandoning their barracks in southern Russia and tramped nearly 35 miles to the city of Volgograd to protest at beatings by their superiors.
  • She and her colleagues spent the next 4 hours tramping around the mountain slopes trying to catch sight of a trogon actually calling.
trudge, tromp, plod, galumph, stamp, trample, lumber, clump, clomp, stump, stomp;
trek, slog, schlep, drag oneself, walk, hike, march, traipse
1.2 [with object] Tread or stamp on: one of the few wines still tramped by foot
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  • Immediately, they began to see signs of the enemies' presence… grass that had been tramped by many feet, ruts from wagons, bits of discarded debris.
  • We had a good team of 7 people out this morning tramping the streets.
  • But he had to tramp the dark streets for three whole nights before anyone would rob him.


1A person who travels from place to place on foot in search of work or as a vagrant or beggar.
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  • In this category fall some of the adaptive activities of psychotics, autists, pariahs, outcasts, vagrants, vagabonds, tramps, chronic drunkards and drug addicts.
  • The playground is now taken over by tramps and beggars.
  • Headway has also been made on getting the homeless off the streets as the amount of tramps and beggars seems minimal in comparison to major UK cities.
vagrant, vagabond, street person, hobo, homeless person, down-and-out;
traveler, drifter, derelict, beggar, mendicant, bag lady, bum
2 [in singular] The sound of heavy steps, typically of several people: the tramp of marching feet
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  • The tramp of those pale feet might interrupt the flow of his patronising patter.
  • The hush swept across the great room as those near the entrance heard the first tramp of heavy feet.
  • Blue armour was visible, and the tramp of armoured feet was just audible, even above the roaring storm.
footstep, tromp, step, footfall, tread, stamp, stomp
3 [in singular] A long walk, typically a tiring one: they start off on a tramp from Roxbury to New York
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  • It is really a fine balance running a 26 km two-day tramp in under four hours.
4 [usually as modifier] A cargo vessel that carries goods among many different ports rather than sailing a fixed route: a tramp steamer
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  • It will appear to be just another tramp freighter, but is actually the disguised personal vessel of Lord Isloth.
  • Appropriately, he spends most of his days on tramp steamers, skiffs and barges.
  • Having transferred to an old Lebanese tramp steamer, he became the ship's doctor, treating women who fainted in the heat.
5 informal, chiefly North American A promiscuous woman.
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  • She is nothing more than a tramp that sleeps around.
  • I knew I shouldn't have trusted that little tramp with our secrets!
  • She's had a lot of first kisses this year, the little tramp.
6A metal plate protecting the sole of a boot.
6.1The top of the blade of a spade.



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  • This is a big trend in our society now, people who are really rich, millionaires and that; they dress down and look kinda trampish.
  • Yet he moved his pieces with a dexterity which belied his smelly, scruffy attire and trampish demeanour.
  • An old trampish man shuffles backwards and forwards onto the stage.


Late Middle English (as a verb): probably of Low German origin. The noun dates from the mid 17th century.

Words that rhyme with tramp

amp, camp, champ, clamp, cramp, damp, encamp, gamp, lamp, ramp, samp, scamp, stamp, tamp, vamp

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