The Difference Between “Tramp” and “Trump”

Hello everyone! In today’s blog post, I want to talk about two words that are often confused with one another: “trump” and “tramp.” Although they may sound similar, they have very different meanings and uses.

Let’s start with “trump.” As a noun, “trump” refers to a playing card of the suit that ranks higher than the others. This word can also be used as a verb to mean “to surpass” or “to beat someone or something.” For example: 

  • She played a trump card to win the game.
  • She was able to trump her opponent in the race and win first place.

Now let’s move on to “tramp.” As a noun, “tramp” refers to a person who wanders from place to place on foot, often in search of work. This word can also be used as a verb to mean “to walk heavily or noisily.” For example: 

  • The man was a tramp who slept in the park every night.
  • The elephant tramped through the jungle.

It’s important not to get these two words confused. They may sound similar, but they have very different meanings and uses. So the next time you come across the word “trump” or “tramp,” take a moment to think about which one is the right word for the context.

In conclusion, here is a quiz for you to practice using these words. 



Complete the sentences with either “trump” or “tramp” in the correct form

1 / 7

She played the ______ card and won the game.

2 / 7

The elephants _______ through the grasslands early in the morning.

3 / 7

The sound of heavy _______ echoed through the empty hallways.

4 / 7

The _______ of feet outside woke me up from my sleep.

5 / 7

In the game of bridge, the _______ suit ranks highest.

6 / 7

The band's new album was able  _______ their previous one in sales.

7 / 7

In the final round of the spelling bee, the young girl managed to _______ her opponent and win the championship.

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