trapes


trapes [treyps] Examples verb (used with or without object), noun

  1. traipse.

traipse or trapes [treyps]Informal. verb (used without object), traipsed, traips·ing.

  1. 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.

  1. to walk over; tramp: to traipse the fields.

noun

  1. a tiring walk.

Origin of traipse 1585–95; earlier trapse, unexplained variant of trape, obscurely akin to tramp Examples from the Web for trapes Historical Examples of trapes

  • Well, I’ve only been guilty of it four days so far, Mrs. Trapes.

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  • Oh, he’ll go—there’s quite a lot of good in him, Mrs. Trapes.

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    Jeffery Farnol

  • Mrs. Trapes, I can slice ham and beef with any one on earth.

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    Jeffery Farnol

  • Y’ can’t, bo; Mrs. Trapes ain’t goin’ t’ let ye—look at her!

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  • Not in so many words, perhaps, but you implied it, Mrs. Trapes.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for trapes trapes verb, noun

    1. a less common spelling of traipse

    traipse trapes informal verb

    1. (intr) to walk heavily or tiredly

    noun

    1. 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 trespass). Or from a source related to Middle Dutch trappen, dialectal Norwegian trappa “to tread, stamp” (see trap). 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.

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