Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tramp n.

1. (orig. US) a general term of abuse, esp. of someone incompetent, second-rate.

[US]Van Loan ‘The Bush League Demon’ in Big League (2004) 41: An old tramp who’s been chased out of every Class A league in the country.
[US]R. Lardner ‘Three Without, Doubled’ 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.
[US]D. Hammett ‘The Big Knockover’ Story Omnibus (1966) 311: I pulled the big tramp out after he stopped the slug.
[US]T. Wolfe Web and the Rock 257: Some charged that the fight had been ‘fixed’ [...] others, that he was ‘nothing but a tramp.’.
[US]I. Shulman Amboy Dukes 64: Don’t think you can get away from me, you tramp.
[UK](con. 1936) A. Wesker Chicken Soup with Barley I i: Do your fly-buttons up, Monty, you tramp you.
[US]Otis Redding & Carla Thomas ‘Tramp’ [lyrics] Tramp! What you call me? Tramp! You don’t wear continental clothes, or stetson hats.
[US]K. Scott 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].

[US]G. Bronson-Howard God’s Man 132: Lily’d always say Blond Aileen was a tramp, and Aileen said Hetty was a tramp.
[US]J. Lait Broadway Melody 32: Next time I’ll give you a facial instead of a hair treatment, you dizzy tramp.
[US]H. Miller 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.
[US]E.S. Gardner Case of the Crooked Candle (1958) 56: Are you trying to tell me in a nice way that she’s a tramp?
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 63: A hillybilly, a married woman, an ageing whore, a divorcee or just some poor tired trampie.
[US](con. 1920) S. Longstreet Pedlocks (1971) 273: [of a man] ‘Shut up, ya tramp,’ shouted Gertie. [to a man].
[US]E. De Roo Go, Man, Go! 138: Not only with you. Now with another guy! She’s nothin’ but a lousy tramp, huh?
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 64: I ain’t thinkin’ about that tramp. Don’t no broad hook me.
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 77: An old friend of mine has started to turn herself into a tramp.
[UK]J. Briskin Too Much Too Soon (1986) 559: Keep Gid away from the little tramp.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 301: I cant [...] imagine why he’d want to tie the knot with that tramp.
M.E. Dassad ‘Chickenhawk’ at www.cultdeadcow.com [Internet] Suck me you little bitch you little fucking tramp fucking slut cunt whore goddammit suck me!

3. (US gay) a male prostitute.

[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 140: [to a homosexual] Why do you come here at all, you sordid little tramp in your dirty old finery?
[US]J. Rechy City of Night 190: Everybody’s had him. Hes one of the Hollywood Boulevard tramps.
[US]J. Rechy 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.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Spring 8: tramp – friendly noun of address, usually to girl by a girl.

5. (US black) a member of a rival gang.

J. Leovy Ghettoside 170: ‘A tramp just got chipped,’ she told him [...] it meant a gang rival had been shot.

In derivatives

tramp-ass (adj.) (also trampish-ass) [-ass sfx]

(US black) of a woman, promiscuous.

[US](con. 1950s) D. Goines Whoreson 111: If you feel sorry for that trampish ass bitch, don’t.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 50: Put you niggers around some tramp-ass white bitch, and all of you will sit there.

In compounds

tramp stamp (n.) [it supposedly indicates a woman’s promiscuity]

(US) a tattoo placed on a woman’s lower back above the crevice of the buttocks.

H. Cortez 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.
[US]J. Stahl Pain Killers 196: A fat girl [...] her tramp stamp visible where her jeans rode low over her butt crack.
[US]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

In compounds

tramp’s lagging (n.) [lagging n. (2)]

(UK Und.) a sentence of 90 days imprisonment, commonly that meted out for vagrancy.

[UK]V. Davis Phenomena in Crime 255: Tramps’ lagging. Fourteen days’ imprisonment.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 141: Tramp’s lagging – three months imprisonment. Considered severe since tramps would normally have received a sentence of a week or two.

In phrases

go on tramp (v.)

(Aus.) to die.

[Aus]L.R. Macleod ‘Consolation‘ in Bulletin Reciter n.p.: He dropped dead of a suddent [sic] / Yes, poor Michael’s gone on tramp.
on tramp

living as a vagrant.

[UK]Dundee Courier (Scot.) 29 Apr. 7/4: Halloa! old gal! are you on tramp?
[UK]Dundee Courier (Scot.) 24 May 7/3: Brine [was] one of the most accomplished dodgers ‘on tramp’.
[UK]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.