Definition of traipse in English:



  • 1 Walk or move wearily or reluctantly.

    ‘students had to traipse all over London to attend lectures’
    • ‘To find one - let alone shoot it - you have to go traipsing about the Latvian forests in the dead of night, imitating the cock bird's mating call.’
    • ‘I somehow thought I was home free after I'd eaten and traipsed off in the general direction of my art class, but a hand on my wrist stopped me.’
    • ‘The large mixed groups of only 10 years ago aren't traipsing around anymore during the daytime, during the weekdays.’
    • ‘And just to think a few years ago it would have been a major disaster - hours traipsing about finding a phone, a can, a garage and of course a man to unscrew the petrol cap.’
    • ‘Our students would have to traipse all over the country to get this calibre of law school education in southern Canada.’
    • ‘Those of us who've tried it know that it's quick and convenient and, much easier to search for bargains on the Net than it is to traipse from shop to shop looking for that special something.’
    • ‘As it turned out there happened to be five of them and I was traipsed on up to the casualty unit.’
    • ‘Now he's traipsing around the country with a proposal to allow verdicts in criminal trials with less than unanimous juries.’
    • ‘It seems to me that people would rather traipse round shops, gawping at potential purchases than they would educate themselves by looking at a book or work of art.’
    • ‘If traipsing around the shops fills you with as much excitement as hobbling around in a pair of tight shoes, then perhaps something more relaxing might be in order.’
    • ‘The months spent poring over bridal magazines, traipsing through wedding dress shops, visiting caterers and choosing stationery can take their toll.’
    • ‘You can lose yourself for quite some time in the painted purples, reds and ochres of the outback before traipsing through to the adjacent Museum of Western Australia.’
    • ‘Still, it can get wearying, being given optimistically sized underwear and too-tight tops again, and traipsing back to the returns desk with them year after year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mother would say the stones of the road knew him because for the most part he could be found traipsing from one neighbours dwelling to the next or most likely to the public house.’
    • ‘Few people have the time to traipse around galleries and exhibitions, while several works carry price tags that put them beyond the financial reach of mere mortals.’
    trudge, trek, tramp, trail, hike, plod, shuffle, slouch, drag oneself, drag one's feet, clump, slog, wade, footslog
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    1. 1.1Walk about casually or needlessly.
      ‘there's people traipsing in and out all the time’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sinking into her comforter, I stared at the ceiling; pictured her in Italy, traipsing along the same ancient streets her great grandmother Nana had walked before she immigrated to America.’
      • ‘I read an article that the original script was one in which the two characters spent a madcap weekend traipsing around Europe and end up getting married in the end.’
      • ‘Both of us were travelling and it was difficult to leave your partner and go traipsing around the world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The stranger came out, and he had a wonderfully bright smile, and asked us where we were going - a not inappropriate question, I thought, since we were traipsing in his property.’
      • ‘Heads held high, they go traipsing through town - grace unmatched.’


  • 1[in singular] A tedious or tiring journey on foot.

    • ‘No debit accounts then of course, just a traipse around the city collecting small bundles of fivers.’
    • ‘The long traipse across the North York Moors had taken its toll.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One dancer's traipse over a billowing canopy suggested a walk on the moon; another's gymnastics under running water was both dreamlike and unsettling.’
    walk, trek, tramp, trudge, traipse, slog, footslog, plod, march, journey on foot
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  • 2archaic A slovenly woman.

    • ‘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 traipse in the late 17th century.