(pejorative) A homeless person, a vagabond.
(pejorative) A disreputable, promiscuous woman; a slut.
- She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp .
- "I can't believe you'd let yourself be seen with that tramp ."
Any ship which does not have a fixed schedule or published ports of call.
* 1888 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), :
- "Claudia is such a tramp ; making out with all those men when she has a boyfriend."
* 1919 , Charles Fort, :
- I was so happy on board that ship, I could not have believed it possible. We had the beastliest weather, and many discomforts; but the mere fact of its being a tramp -ship gave us many comforts; we could cut about with the men and officers, stay in the wheel-house, discuss all manner of things, and really be a little at sea.
* 1924 , George Sutherland, :
- Then I think I conceive of other worlds and vast structures that pass us by, within a few miles, without the slightest desire to communicate, quite as tramp vessels pass many islands without particularizing one from another.
* 1960 , (Lobsang Rampa), :
- Some of these are regular ocean liners; others are casual tramp ships.
(Australia, New Zealand) A long walk, possibly of more than one day, in a scenic or wilderness area.
* 1968 , John W. Allen, It Happened in Southern Illinois ,
- “Hrrumph,” said the Mate. “Get into uniform right away, we must have discipline here.” With that he stalked off as if he were First Mate on one of the Queens instead of just on a dirty, rusty old tramp ship.
* 2005 , Paul Smitz, Australia & New Zealand on a Shoestring , Lonely Planet,
- The starting place for the tramp is reached over a gravel road that begins on Route 3 about a mile south of Gorham spur.
* 2006 , Marc Llewellyn, Lee Mylne, Frommer?s Australia from $60 a Day ,
- Speaking of knockout panoramas, if you?re fit then consider doing the taxing, winding, 8km tramp' up ' Mt Roy (1578m; five to six hours return), start 6km from Wanaka on Mt Aspiring Rd.
, especially a very small one.
- The 1½-hour tramp passes through banksia, gum, and wattle forests, with spectacular views of peaks and valleys.
* (homeless person) bum, hobo, vagabond
** See also
* (disreputable woman) See also
* (type of ship) see
* (long walk) bushwalk, hike, ramble, trek
* tramp ant
* tramp stamp
To walk with heavy footsteps.
To walk for a long time (usually through difficult terrain).
To tread upon forcibly and repeatedly; to trample.
To travel or wander through.
- We tramped through the woods for hours before we found the main path again.
(Scotland) To cleanse, as clothes, by treading upon them in water.
- to tramp the country
(archery, usually plural) A randomly selected target.
One who roves, a wanderer, a nomad.
- 1890' ''"By my hilt! no. There was little Robby Withstaff, and Andrew Salblaster, and Wat Alspaye, who broke the neck of the German. Mon Dieu! what men they were! Take them how you would, at long butts or short, hoyles, rounds, or '''rovers , better bowmen never twirled a shaft over their thumb-nails." '' — Arthur Conan Doyle, ''The White Company ,
A vagabond, a tramp, an unsteady, restless person, one who by habit doesn't settle down or marry.
- 1846' ''But these islands, undisturbed for years, relapsed into their previous obscurity; and it is only recently that anything has been known concerning them. Once in the course of a half century, to be sure, some adventurous '''rover would break in upon their peaceful repose. and astonished at the unusual scene, would be almost tempted to claim the merit of a new discovery.'' — Herman Melville, ''Typee ,
- She is a rover and dislikes any sort of ties, physical or emotional.
A vehicle for exploring extraterrestrial bodies.
- 1954' ''Give him the word, that I'm not a '''rover , and tell him that his lonely days are over.
Position in Australian Rules football, one of three of a team's followers, who follow the ball around the ground. Formerly a position for short players, rovers in professional leagues are frequently over 183 cm (6').
(croquet) A ball which has passed through all the hoops and would go out if it hit the stake but is continued in play; also, the player of such a ball.
(obsolete) A sort of arrow.
* Ben Jonson
- The Mars Exploration Rovers will act as robot geologists while they are on the surface of Mars.
- All sorts, flights, rovers , and butt shafts.
From (etyl), roven , to rob. Cognate with Danish and Norwegian
A pirate or pirate ship.
- 1719' ''The first was this: our ship making her course towards the Canary Islands, or rather between those islands and the African shore, was surprised in the grey of the morning by a Turkish '''rover of Sallee, who gave chase to us with all the sail she could make.'' — Daniel Defoe, ''Robinnson Crusoe ,
- Yet Pompey the Great deserveth honour more justly for scouring the seas, and taking from the rovers 846 sail of ships.