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[verb ree-tred; noun ree-tred] /verb riˈtrɛd; noun ˈriˌtrɛd/
verb (used with object), retreaded, retreading.
to put a new tread on (a worn pneumatic tire casing) either by recapping or by cutting fresh treads in the smooth surface.
to repeat or do over, especially without the boldness or inventiveness of the original.
a tire that has been retreaded.
Slang. a person returned to active work after retirement, dismissal, etc.
a person retrained for a new or more modern job or task.
Informal. a repeating, reviving, or reworking of an old or familiar idea, presentation, story, etc., especially when unimaginative or hackneyed; rehash:
a boring retread of a classic movie.
Slang. a person representing older or previous times, ideas, policies, etc., especially when they are deemed passé or tiresome.
Origin of retread
First recorded in 1885-90; re- + tread


[ree-tred] /riˈtrɛd/
verb (used with or without object), re-trod, re-trodden or re-trod, re-treading.
to tread again.
First recorded in 1590-1600; re- + tread Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for retread
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  • McKenzie was getting old, he wanted a retread, and wanted it badly.

    Martyr Alan Edward Nourse
  • On examination we found that there was no outlet practicable for us in this channel, and that we must retread our steps.

  • He turned, as these thoughts passed through his mind, and began hastily to retread his footsteps towards the castle.

    The Abbot Sir Walter Scott
  • I was not insensible that my path became more intricate and more difficult to retread in proportion as I advanced.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • Well, would you walk into the Center for a retread now without being sure he's wrong?

    Martyr Alan Edward Nourse
  • There had been a chilly look about Walter Rinehart's eyes before his first retread.

    Martyr Alan Edward Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for retread


verb (riːˈtrɛd) -treads, -treading, -treaded
(transitive) another word for remould (sense 2)
noun (ˈriːˌtrɛd)
another word for remould (sense 3)
(Austral & NZ, informal) a pensioner who has resumed employment, esp in a former profession
a film, piece of music, etc, which is a superficially altered version of an earlier original


verb -treads, -treading, -trod, -trodden, -trod
(transitive) to tread or walk over (one's steps) again
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for retread

"to put a new tread on (a tire)," 1908, from re- "back, again" (see re-) + tread (q.v.). The noun is attested from 1914; in World War I it was Australian slang for "a re-enlisted soldier."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for retread



  1. A used tire with new tread (1914+)
  2. A former military person recalled or accepted for additional service (WWII armed forces)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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