Other forms: tramping; tramped; tramps

Tramp means to walk or stomp heavily. Your midnight tramp to the kitchen for milk and cookies doesn't thrill your downstairs neighbors.

Tramp comes from the German trampen, for "stamp." If you walk heavily, people will say you tramp, but if you're going on a tramp, that means you're going for a long walk or hike. If someone calls you a tramp, they either mean you're a slut or a hobo — each meaning comes vagrant, or wanderer, and the low-life behaviors associated with vagrants.

Definitions of tramp
  1. verb
    travel on foot, especially on a walking expedition
    “We went tramping about the state of Colorado”
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    walk a long way, as for pleasure or physical exercise
  2. verb
    cross on foot
    “We had to tramp the creeks”
  3. verb
    walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
    synonyms: footslog, pad, plod, slog, trudge
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    slop, slosh, splash, splosh, squelch, squish
    walk through mud or mire
    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  4. noun
    a foot traveler; someone who goes on an extended walk (for pleasure)
    synonyms: hiker, tramper
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    backpacker, packer
    a hiker who wears a backpack
    type of:
    footer, pedestrian, walker
    a person who travels by foot
  5. noun
    a long walk usually for exercise or pleasure
    synonyms: hike, hiking
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    a long difficult walk
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    the act of walking somewhere
  6. noun
    a heavy footfall
    “the tramp of military boots”
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    footfall, footstep, step
    the sound of a step of someone walking
  7. noun
    a commercial steamer for hire; one having no regular schedule
    synonyms: tramp steamer
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    steamer, steamship
    a ship powered by one or more steam engines
  8. verb
    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
    synonyms: cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, vagabond, wander
    drift, err, stray
    wander from a direct course or at random
    go via an indirect route or at no set pace
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    wander aimlessly
    gad, gallivant, jazz around
    wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  9. noun
    a disreputable vagrant
    “a homeless tramp
    synonyms: bum, hobo
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    dosser, street person
    someone who sleeps in any convenient place
    type of:
    drifter, floater, vagabond, vagrant
    a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
  10. noun
    a person who engages freely in promiscuous sex
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    debauchee, libertine, rounder
    a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained




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