1. (orig. US) a general term of abuse, esp. of someone incompetent, second-rate.
|Big League (2004) 41: An old tramp who’s been chased out of every Class A league in the country.‘The Bush League Demon’ in|
|Gullible’s Travels 216: They’re all nice people, people with real class to them; not no tramps like most o’ the ones we been runnin’ round with.‘Three Without, Doubled’ in|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 311: I pulled the big tramp out after he stopped the slug.‘The Big Knockover’|
|Web and the Rock 257: Some charged that the fight had been ‘fixed’ [...] others, that he was ‘nothing but a tramp.’.|
|Amboy Dukes 64: Don’t think you can get away from me, you tramp.|
|(con. 1936) Chicken Soup with Barley I i: Do your fly-buttons up, Monty, you tramp you.|
|‘Tramp’ [lyrics] Tramp! What you call me? Tramp! You don’t wear continental clothes, or stetson hats.|
|Monster (1994) 109: You ain’t dead yet, tramp?|
2. (orig. US, also trampie) a promiscuous woman; occas. used of a man [her ‘wandering’ from man to man].
|God’s Man 132: Lily’d always say Blond Aileen was a tramp, and Aileen said Hetty was a tramp.|
|Broadway Melody 32: Next time I’ll give you a facial instead of a hair treatment, you dizzy tramp.|
|Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 232: The mother of the girl I’m teaching is a slut, a tramp and a trollop if ever there was one.|
|Case of the Crooked Candle (1958) 56: Are you trying to tell me in a nice way that she’s a tramp?|
|Man with the Golden Arm 63: A hillybilly, a married woman, an ageing whore, a divorcee or just some poor tired trampie.|
|(con. 1920) Pedlocks (1971) 273: [of a man] ‘Shut up, ya tramp,’ shouted Gertie. [to a man].|
|Go, Man, Go! 138: Not only with you. Now with another guy! She’s nothin’ but a lousy tramp, huh?|
|Howard Street 64: I ain’t thinkin’ about that tramp. Don’t no broad hook me.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 77: An old friend of mine has started to turn herself into a tramp.|
|Too Much Too Soon (1986) 559: Keep Gid away from the little tramp.|
|Homeboy 301: I cant [...] imagine why he’d want to tie the knot with that tramp.|
|suck me!‘Chickenhawk’ at www.cultdeadcow.com [Internet] Suck me you little bitch you little fucking tramp fucking slut cunt whore goddammit|
3. (US gay) a male prostitute.
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 140: [to a homosexual] Why do you come here at all, you sordid little tramp in your dirty old finery?|
|City of Night 190: Everybody’s had him. Hes one of the Hollywood Boulevard tramps.|
|Rushes (1981) 170: [of a man] You fucking bitch! You’re nothing but a wasted tramp, give up!|
4. (US campus) an affectionate term of address.
|Campus Sl. Spring 8: tramp – friendly noun of address, usually to girl by a girl.|
5. (US black) a member of a rival gang.
|Ghettoside 170: ‘A tramp just got chipped,’ she told him [...] it meant a gang rival had been shot.|
(US black) of a woman, promiscuous.
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 111: If you feel sorry for that trampish ass bitch, don’t.|
|Street Players 50: Put you niggers around some tramp-ass white bitch, and all of you will sit there.|
(US) a tattoo placed on a woman’s lower back above the crevice of the buttocks.
|Heidi’s Bedtime Stories 73: Every day beautiful women come into the shop wearing tiny string bikinis and flaunting their assets. Most of them want what I call the tramp stamp—you know, a tattoo on the lower back.|
|Pain Killers 196: A fat girl [...] her tramp stamp visible where her jeans rode low over her butt crack.|
|slate.com 19 June [Internet] Bikinis have never been smaller. Hoochies have never been hotter. Tramp stamps have never been trampier.|
SE in slang uses
(UK Und.) a sentence of 90 days imprisonment, commonly that meted out for vagrancy.
|Phenomena in Crime 255: Tramps’ lagging. Fourteen days’ imprisonment.|
|Lowspeak 141: Tramp’s lagging – three months imprisonment. Considered severe since tramps would normally have received a sentence of a week or two.|
(Aus.) to die.
|Bulletin Reciter n.p.: He dropped dead of a suddent [sic] / Yes, poor Michael’s gone on tramp.‘Consolation‘ in|
on a thieving expedition, pickpocketing.
|‘A Shove In The Mouth’ in Regular Thing, And No Mistake 61: Besides too, a quid, which I yarned on the tramp – / The wages of mang a leer.|
|Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. I 13: What, warn’t none of the files on the tramp?|
living as a vagrant.
|Dundee Courier (Scot.) 29 Apr. 7/4: Halloa! old gal! are you on tramp?|
|Dundee Courier (Scot.) 24 May 7/3: Brine [was] one of the most accomplished dodgers ‘on tramp’.|
|Leicester Chron. 12 July 10/4: ‘And what are you going to do now?’ ‘Go on tramp — live on my wits.’.|
|Derbys. Advertiser 2 Dec. 25/4: On reaching the ‘big house’ I found [...] a crowd of about a dozen roadsters, including a woman — a sad sight to see on tramp.|