Tramp

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Tramp has a number of meanings:

  • A tramp is an itinerant who travels from place to place, traditionally tramping, that is, walking. While they may do odd jobs from time to time, tramps aren't looking for regular work and support themselves by other means i.e. begging or scavenging. This is in contrast to hobos who travel from place to place (often by catching rides on freight trains) looking for work, or schnorrers, who travel from city to city begging. Both the terms tramp and hobo (and the distinction between them) were in common use between the 1880s and the 1940s, and were not limited to the Great Depression. Schnorrer is a Yiddish term. Like hobo and bum, tramp is somewhat archaic in American English usage, having been subsumed by the more euphemistic homeless person.
  • Vacilando is a kind of tramp for whom the travel as such is more important than the destination.
  • In shipping terminology, a tramp is a seagoing vessel which undertakes voyages for hire, as opposed to one making regular runs on a specified route.


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