tramp Definition

  • 1to walk long distances, especially across the countryside, while carrying a backpack or other equipment
  • 2a person who travels from place to place on foot in search of work or as a vagrant
  • 3a heavy footfall or the sound made by it

Using tramp: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tramp" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We tramped through the woods for hours.

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    He spent years tramping around the country looking for work.

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    The tramp asked for some spare change.

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    I heard the tramp of footsteps outside my door.

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    She tramped up the stairs, her heavy boots echoing through the house.

tramp Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using tramp

  • to become homeless or destitute


    After losing his job, he hit the tramp and had to live on the streets.

  • to express contempt or hatred towards someone or something


    In the song 'Tramp the Dirt Down,' Elvis Costello sings about his anger towards Margaret Thatcher.

  • to treat someone or something with disrespect or disregard


    He tramped over her feelings when he broke up with her.

Phrases with tramp

  • a tattoo on the lower back, usually on a woman


    She got a tramp stamp when she was in college.

  • a style of woodworking that involves layering and carving pieces of wood to create decorative objects


    The museum had an exhibit on tramp art.

  • a cargo ship that carries goods to various ports without a fixed schedule or route


    The tramp steamer made stops at several ports along the coast.

Origins of tramp

originally meaning 'to walk heavily' from Middle Low German 'trampen'


Summary: tramp in Brief

The term 'tramp' [træmp] can be used as a verb to describe walking long distances with a backpack or other equipment, or as a noun to describe a person who travels from place to place on foot. It can also refer to a heavy footfall or the sound made by it. Phrases like 'tramp stamp' and 'tramp art' are unrelated to the verb or noun meanings. Idioms like 'hit the tramp' and 'tramp the dirt down' express contempt or destitution, while 'tramp over' means to treat someone or something with disrespect.

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