Is the expression "traipse up the steps" just synonym of walking up the steps? Is there any other connotation to the verb traipse?
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'Traipsing' usually connotes travel without a clear plan although there may be a higher-level purpose in play.
I traipsed all over town today looking for a gift for my brother.
I had a purpose (finding a gift) but I had no plan for my travel and wound up going from one store to another in seemingly random fashion.
In your example, I would expect kids to 'traipse' up and down stairs more so than adults.
1a. intr. To walk in a trailing or untidy way; e.g. to walk or ‘trail’ through the mud; to walk with the dress trailing or bedraggled; to walk about aimlessly or needlessly. (Usually said of a woman or child.) Also in gen. use, to tramp or trudge, to go about.
b. To trail along the ground; to hang untidily.
2a. trans. To walk or tramp over; to tread, tramp (the fields, streets, etc.). dial.
b. To tread (a dance) in a trailing way. rare.
c. Causatively: to carry or take about in a trailing way.
Derivatives: traipsed adj. trampled, bedraggled.
Why is it that we get so many questions where we’re expected to look something up in the dictionary because the OP couldn’t be troubled to do themself? Sigh.