from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To walk with a firm, heavy step; trudge.
- intransitive v. To travel on foot; hike.
- intransitive v. To wander about aimlessly.
- transitive v. To traverse on foot: tramp the fields.
- transitive v. To tread down; trample: tramp down snow.
- n. A heavy footfall.
- n. The sound produced by heavy walking or marching.
- n. A walking trip; a hike.
- n. One who travels aimlessly about on foot, doing odd jobs or begging for a living; a vagrant.
- n. A prostitute.
- n. A person regarded as promiscuous.
- n. Nautical A tramp steamer.
- n. A metal plate attached to the sole of a shoe for protection, as when spading ground.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A homeless person, a vagabond.
- n. A disreputable, promiscuous woman; a slut.
- n. Any ship which does not have a fixed schedule or published ports of call.
- n. A long walk, possibly of more than one day, in a scenic or wilderness area.
- n. Short for trampoline, especially a very small one.
- v. To walk with heavy footsteps.
- v. To walk for a long time (usually through difficult terrain).
- v. To hitchhike
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To tread upon forcibly and repeatedly; to trample.
- transitive v. To travel or wander through.
- transitive v. To cleanse, as clothes, by treading upon them in water.
- intransitive v. To travel; to wander; to stroll.
- n. A foot journey or excursion.
- n. A foot traveler; a tramper; often used in a bad sense for a vagrant or wandering vagabond.
- n. The sound of the foot, or of feet, on the earth, as in marching.
- n. A tool for trimming hedges.
- n. A plate of iron worn to protect the sole of the foot, or the shoe, when digging with a spade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To run (a tramp steamer), taking on merchandise at one port and selling it wherever possible or carrying freight anywhere desired.
- To sail on a tramp steamer.
- To tread under foot; trample.
- To tread (clothes) in water, so as to cleanse or scour them.
- To travel over on foot: as, to tramp a country.
- To walk, especially to walk with heavy step; tread; march; go on foot.
- To go about as a vagrant or vagabond.
- n. The sound made by the feet in walking or marching.
- n. An excursion or journey on foot; a walk.
- n. A plate of iron worn by ditchers, etc., under the hollow of the foot, to save the shoe in pressing the spade into the earth.
- n. An instrument for trimming hedges.
- n. An itinerant mechanic: same as tramper, 2.
- n. An idle vagrant; a homeless vagabond. Also tramper.
- n. A freight-vessel that does not run in any regular line, but takes a cargo wherever the shippers desire: also used attributively, as in tramp steamer. Also called ocean tramp.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavy footfall
- v. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
- v. walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
- n. a disreputable vagrant
- n. a commercial steamer for hire; one having no regular schedule
- v. travel on foot, especially on a walking expedition
- n. a long walk usually for exercise or pleasure
- n. a foot traveler; someone who goes on an extended walk (for pleasure)
- v. cross on foot
- n. a person who engages freely in promiscuous sex
Middle English trampen, to walk heavily, from Middle Low German.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally as verb, from Middle English trampen ("to walk heavily") 1388, from Middle Low German (compare Modern German trampen ("to hitchhike")), from Proto-Germanic *tramp-; compare trap. (Wiktionary)