From Middle French trafique (“traffic”), from Italian traffico (“traffic”) from Italian trafficare (“to carry on trade”). Potentially from Vulgar Latin *trānsfrīcāre (“to rub across”); Klein instead suggests the Italian has ultimate origin in Arabic تَفْرِيق (tafrīq, “distribution, dispersion”), reshaped to match the native prefix tra- (“trans-”).
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- Rhymes: -æfɪk
- Pedestrians or vehicles on roads, or the flux or passage thereof.
- Traffic is slow at rush hour.
- Commercial transportation or exchange of goods, or the movement of passengers or people.
- 2007, John Darwin, After Tamerlane, Penguin 2008, p. 12:
- It's units of study are regions or oceans, long-distance trades [...], the traffic of cults and beliefs between cultures and continents.
- Illegal trade or exchange of goods, often drugs.
- Exchange or flux of information, messages or data, as in a computer or telephone network.
- Commodities of the market.
- John Gay
- You'll see a draggled damsel / From Billingsgate her fishy traffic bear.
- John Gay
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- (intransitive) To pass goods and commodities from one person to another for an equivalent in goods or money; to buy or sell goods
- (intransitive) To trade meanly or mercenarily; to bargain.
- (transitive) To exchange in traffic; to effect by a bargain or for a consideration.