- traffic [traf′ik]n.[Fr trafic < It traffico < trafficare, to trade < L trans, across +It ficcare, to thrust in, bring < VL * figicare, intens. for L figere: see FINISH]1. Archaica) transportation of goods for tradingb) trading over great distances; commerce2. buying and selling; barter; trade, sometimes, specif., of a wrong or illegal kind [traffic in drugs]3. dealings, business, or intercourse (with someone)4.a) the movement or number of automobiles along a street, pedestrians along a sidewalk, ships using a port, etc.b) the automobiles, pedestrians, ships, etc. so moving5. the number of passengers, quantity of freight, etc. carried by a transportation company during a given period6. the volume of telegrams, calls, etc. transmitted by a communications company during a given period7. the number of potential customers entering a retail store during a given periodadj.of or having to do with traffic [a traffic violation, traffic manager]vi.trafficked, trafficking1. to carry on traffic, esp. illegal trade (in a commodity)2. to have traffic, trade, or dealings (with someone)traffickern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.