Definition of tramper in US English:



  • A person who walks for long distances in rough country for recreation.

    ‘a helicopter will continue the search for the missing tramper’
    • ‘Bark covered helicopter pads and sites for parking are provided, making the forests attractive to tourists, trampers, mountain bikers and hunters.’
    • ‘The news of the two trampers perishing was delivered by my last student for the day.’
    • ‘The inexperienced trampers would get a "talking to" about their lack of preparations.’
    • ‘This is an interesting one-day tramp for experienced trampers on a fine day.’
    • ‘An aerial search today of the Kahurangi Ranges has shown no sign of a tramper who has been missing for more than a week.’
    • ‘Campers and trampers have been told to prepare for evacuation as rivers rise rapidly, in many parts threatening to burst their banks.’
    • ‘Yesterday, safe but cold and wet after a night in the bush, the trampers spoke about how they coped during an unscheduled winter's night outdoors.’
    • ‘The Department of Conservation (DOC) now has responsibility for this bridge used by many trampers.’
    • ‘Search and rescue crews are scouring the Kahurangi National Park in "atrocious" weather for a French tramper who has been missing for three days.’
    • ‘With the strong southerly winds, windchill will be severe for animals and trampers in open areas.’


Early 20th century: from tramping.