trapes [treyps] Examples verb (used with or without object), noun
traipse or trapes [treyps]Informal. verb (used without object), traipsed, traips·ing.
- to walk or go aimlessly or idly or without finding or reaching one’s goal: We traipsed all over town looking for a copy of the book.
verb (used with object), traipsed, traips·ing.
- to walk over; tramp: to traipse the fields.
- a tiring walk.
Origin of traipse 1585–95; earlier trapse, unexplained variant of trape, obscurely akin toExamples from the Web for trapes Historical Examples of trapes
Well, I’ve only been guilty of it four days so far, Mrs. Trapes.
Oh, he’ll go—there’s quite a lot of good in him, Mrs. Trapes.
Mrs. Trapes, I can slice ham and beef with any one on earth.
Y’ can’t, bo; Mrs. Trapes ain’t goin’ t’ let ye—look at her!
Not in so many words, perhaps, but you implied it, Mrs. Trapes.
British Dictionary definitions for trapes trapes verb, noun
- a less common spelling of
traipse trapes informal verb
- (intr) to walk heavily or tiredly
- a long or tiring walk; trudge
Word Origin for traipse C16: of unknown origin Word Origin and History for trapes traipse v.
1590s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from dialectal French trepasser “pass over or beyond,” from Old French trespasser (see). Or from a source related to Middle Dutch trappen, dialectal Norwegian trappa “to tread, stamp” (see ). Liberman points out that it resembles German traben “tramp” “and other similar verbs meaning ‘tramp; wander; flee’ in several European languages. They seem to have been part of soldiers’ and vagabonds’ slang between 1400 and 1700. In all likelihood, they originated as onomatopoeias and spread to neighboring languages from Low German.” Related: Traipsed; traipsing.