Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A device, in a cotton-baling press, for compacting cotton to the desired density for baling.
  • noun One who tramps.
  • noun An itinerant mechanic; a workman in search of employment.
  • noun An idle vagrant; a homeless vagabond; a tramp; a gipsy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who tramps; a stroller; a vagrant or vagabond; a tramp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who tramps.
  • noun A recreational hiker.
  • noun manufacturing A mechanism which pounds material into a more compact form for further processing; found for example in cotton gins and trash processors.
  • noun nautical A ship, typically a bulk freighter, which does not travel on a fixed route; compare liner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who walks with a heavy noisy gait or who stamps on the ground
  • noun a foot traveler; someone who goes on an extended walk (for pleasure)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From tramp +‎ -er.

Examples

  • The day that the English - or Scots or Welsh - tramper can cross the moors of his native Britain without fear of impediment from game-preserving landowners or their hirelings, that day will the Devil be finally foiled and the spirit of Wild Edric be liberated for ever from its dungeon beneath the Stiperstones.

    Wild Edric

  • The day that the English - or Scots or Welsh - tramper can cross the moors of his native Britain without fear of impediment from game-preserving landowners or their hirelings, that day will the Devil be finally foiled and the spirit of Wild Edric be liberated for ever from its dungeon beneath the Stiperstones.

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  • Stowing away on a tramper bound for Leopoldville as was, he evaded the attentions of a colonial government ill disposed towards stray white missionaries, and attached himself to a remote community of friars dedicated to bringing the One True Faith to the two hundred-odd tribes of the Eastern Congo, an ambitious commitment at any time.

    the mission song

  • Stowing away on a tramper bound for Leopoldville as was, he evaded the attentions of a colonial government ill disposed towards stray white missionaries, and attached himself to a remote community of friars dedicated to bringing the One True Faith to the two hundred-odd tribes of the Eastern Congo, an ambitious commitment at any time.

    The mission song

  • The rain still fell, and the ground beneath my feet was wet and miry; in short, it was a night in which even a tramper by profession would feel more comfortable in being housed than abroad.

    Lavengro

  • “Every one of those wild fellows,” said I to myself, “is worth a dozen of the poor mean-spirited book-tramper I have lately been discoursing with.”

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • The tramper Synge is looking for you, he said, to murder you.

    Ulysses

  • I will venture the assertion that the long-distance tramper - not even excepting Brother

    A Tramp Through the Bret Harte Country

  • Also try to avoid looking like a tramp, which is quite different from looking like a tramper.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

  • These beds change their occupants, perhaps, every night; for a tramper seldom sleeps two consecutive nights in the same place.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

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