Meaning of TRAFFIC in English


I. ˈtra-fik noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle French trafique, from Old Italian traffico, from trafficare to trade in coastal waters

Date: 1549


a. : import and export trade

b. : the business of bartering or buying and selling

c. : illegal or disreputable usually commercial activity

the drug traffic


a. : communication or dealings especially between individuals or groups

b. : exchange

a lively traffic in ideas — F. L. Allen

3. archaic : wares, goods



(1) : the movement (as of vehicles or pedestrians) through an area or along a route

(2) : the vehicles, pedestrians, ships, or planes moving along a route

(3) : congestion of vehicles

stuck in traffic

b. : the information or signals transmitted over a communications system : messages


a. : the passengers or cargo carried by a transportation system

b. : the business of transporting passengers or freight

6. : the volume of customers visiting a business establishment

restaurant traffic

7. : a concentration of participants or players and especially defensive players

force difficult shots in traffic

Synonyms: see business

- the traffic will bear

II. verb

( traf·ficked ; traf·fick·ing )

Date: 1540

intransitive verb

1. : to carry on traffic

2. : to concentrate one's effort or interest ; broadly : engage , deal

a writer who often traffic s in hyperbole

transitive verb


a. : to travel over

heavily trafficked highways

b. : to visit (as a business establishment) as a customer

a highly trafficked book store

2. : trade , barter

• traf·fick·er noun

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