Traipse vs Meander - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between traipse and meander
is that traipse
is (obsolete) to walk in a messy or unattractively casual way; to trail through dirt while meander
is to wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate.
As nouns the difference between traipse and meander
is that traipse
is a long or tiring walk while meander
is a winding, crooked, or involved course.
(obsolete) To walk in a messy or unattractively casual way; to trail through dirt.
* 1728 , Alexander Pope, The Dunciad , Book III, ll. 140-4:
(colloquial) To walk about, especially when expending much effort, or unnecessary effort.
* 1922 , James Joyce, Ulysses :
- Lo next two slipshod Muses traipse along, In lofty madness, meditating song, / With tresses staring from poetic dreams, / And never wash'd, but in Castalia’s streams [...].
(colloquial) To walk (a distance or journey) wearily or with effort; to walk about or over (a place).
* 1874 , Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd :
- After traipsing about in the fog they found the grave sure enough.
- She only got handy the Union-house on Sunday morning 'a b'lieve, and 'tis supposed here and there that she had traipsed every step of the way from Melchester.
* (walk about) gad, travel, walk
* cover, travel, traverse
A long or tiring walk.
- It was a long traipse uphill all the way home.
* (long or tiring walk) hike, trek
A winding, crooked, or involved course.
* Sir R. Blackmore
- the meanders of an old river, or of the veins and arteries in the body
A tortuous or intricate movement.
(math) A self-avoiding closed curve which intersects a line a number of times.
- While lingering rivers in meanders glide.
* meander belt
* meander line
* meander loop
To wind or turn in a course or passage; to be intricate.
To wind, turn, or twist; to make flexuous.
- The stream meandered through the valley.
* The Chambers Dictionary (1998)