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trekking, participial adjective and verbal noun

Origin:
EnglishShow more trek verb + English participial suffix -ing.
Note:
‘Trekking’ has developed further senses beyond South Africa’s borders; these will be found in general dictionaries of English.
A. participial adjective
1. Of animals, moving in a seasonal migration.
1850 R.G.G. Cumming Hunter’s Life (1902) We came upon an immense, compact herd of several thousand ‘trekking’ springboks.
2. Nomadic; moving constantly from place to place as required by the availability of grazing and water.
1852 N.J. Merriman Cape Jrnls (1957) 187He was..among the earliest of the trekking farmers, and had his sheep now on a place between Somerset and Graaff Reinet.
3. Emigrating; pioneering; of or pertaining to the Voortrekkers (see Voortrekker noun sense 1).
1926 M. Nathan S. Afr. from Within 226There has been a revival of the trekking spirit.
1988 J. Boekkooi in Frontline Oct. 23Cape Afrikaners..stayed behind in comfort,..talking English with the imperialists, while their trekking cousins braved lions and crocodiles.
B. verbal noun
1. The act or practice of migrating, or of living a nomadic life.
a1858 J. Goldswain Chron. (1949) II. 120Meney of them his preparing for Tracking and sume of them are already gon.
1960 J.J.L. Sisson S. Afr. Judicial Dict. 814Trekking, in relation to the Transkeian Pass Laws, does not apply only to permanent removal but includes also temporary movement.
2. The act or practice of travelling (in historical contexts by ox wagon), especially over a long distance. Also attributive, and figurative.
1871 J. Mackenzie Ten Yrs N. of Orange River 64Everybody was making preparations for the journey. ‘Trekking’ is quite a South African institution.
1987 Fair Lady 18 Feb. 92The..years of trekking to Pring every weekend seem insignificant.
3. trek fishing, see trek noun sense 12 c. Also attributive.
1913 W.W. Thompson Sea Fisheries of Cape Col. 46At Struis Bay, Keimouth and similar stations ‘trekking’ is practically the only mode of fishing carried on.
1992 Yeld & Gubb in Afr. Wildlife Vol.46 No.2, 201There are just seven trekking teams still operating in False Bay.
4. In full pony trekking: cross-country horse-riding, especially as a holiday excursion.
Note:
This sense possibly originated outside South Africa.
[1968 Punch 14 Aug. 234While some of the ponies probably would be kept in any case..the majority are now kept principally for the revenue from trekking.]
1974 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 23Holidaymakers often like to base themselves at a comfortable mountain resort and then make day-trips to more hazardous ground, or go pony-trekking along a mountain trail.
Of animals, moving in a seasonal migration.
Nomadic; moving constantly from place to place as required by the availability of grazing and water.
Emigrating; pioneering; of or pertaining to the Voortrekkers (see Voortrekkernoun1).
The act or practice of migrating, or of living a nomadic life.
The act or practice of travelling (in historical contexts by ox wagon), especially over a long distance. Also attributive, and figurative.
trek fishing, see treknoun12 c. Also attributive.
cross-country horse-riding, especially as a holiday excursion.

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