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[treed] /trid/
planted with trees; wooded:
a treed hillside.
driven up a tree:
a treed animal.
fitted with trees:
treed boots.
Origin of treed
First recorded in 1855-60; tree + -ed3
Related forms
untreed, adjective


[tree] /tri/
a plant having a permanently woody main stem or trunk, ordinarily growing to a considerable height, and usually developing branches at some distance from the ground.
any of various shrubs, bushes, and plants, as the banana, resembling a tree in form and size.
something resembling a tree in shape, as a clothes tree or a crosstree.
Mathematics, Linguistics. tree diagram.
a pole, post, beam, bar, handle, or the like, as one forming part of some structure.
a saddletree.
a treelike group of crystals, as one forming in an electrolytic cell.
a gallows or gibbet.
the cross on which Christ was crucified.
Computers. a data structure organized like a tree whose nodes store data elements and whose branches represent pointers to other nodes in the tree.
verb (used with object), treed, treeing.
to drive into or up a tree, as a pursued animal or person.
Informal. to put into a difficult position.
to stretch or shape on a tree, as a boot.
to furnish (a structure) with a tree.
up a tree, Informal. in a difficult or embarrassing situation; at a loss; stumped.
before 900; Middle English; Old English trēo(w); cognate with Old Frisian, Old Norse trē, Old Saxon treo, Gothic triu; akin to Greek drŷs oak, Sanskrit, Avestan dru wood
Related forms
treelike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for treed
Historical Examples
  • He looked a good deal more comfortable than I was when he and Prince had treed me.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The tombstones below were wet, the treed were dripping, the churchyard was desolate.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • He had not been "treed," he had been bowldered, and the grisly had been arrowed and lanced thoroughly.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • Probably it was first treed with the aid of dogs and then shot with bow and arrow.

    Birds in the Calendar Frederick G. Aflalo
  • They will bark only when a squirrel is treed, and remain staunchly by the root of the tree.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • These finding the bear “treed,” rarely fail to bring him down with their rifles.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • He had heard that these creatures will remain for days watching a person whom they may have “treed.”

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • This was not pleasant, as we might expect to be treed in the same manner.

    The Wanderers W.H.G. Kingston
  • One time he treed forty-seven of em where the ground was soft and swampy.

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
  • The Maluka and the Dandy soon proved it was nothing to be "treed."

    We of the Never-Never Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for treed


Sir Herbert Beerbohm. 1853–1917, English actor and theatre manager; half-brother of Sir Max Beerbohm. He was noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare


any large woody perennial plant with a distinct trunk giving rise to branches or leaves at some distance from the ground related adjective arboreal
any plant that resembles this but has a trunk not made of wood, such as a palm tree
a wooden post, bar, etc
(chem) a treelike crystal growth; dendrite
  1. a branching diagrammatic representation of something, such as the grammatical structure of a sentence
  2. (as modifier): a tree diagram
an archaic word for gallows
(archaic) the cross on which Christ was crucified
at the top of the tree, in the highest position of a profession, etc
(US & Canadian, informal) up a tree, in a difficult situation; trapped or stumped
verb (transitive) trees, treeing, treed
to drive or force up a tree
to shape or stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree
Derived Forms
treeless, adjective
treelessness, noun
treelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English trēo; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse trē, Old Saxon trio, Gothic triu, Greek doru wood, drus tree
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Word Origin and History for treed



Old English treo, treow "tree" (also "wood"), from Proto-Germanic *trewan (cf. Old Frisian tre, Old Saxon trio, Old Norse tre, Gothic triu), from PIE *deru- "oak" (cf. Sanskrit dru "tree, wood," daru "wood, log;" Greek drys "oak," doru "spear;" Old Church Slavonic drievo "tree, wood;" Serbian drvo "tree," drva "wood;" Russian drevo "tree, wood;" Czech drva; Polish drwa "wood;" Lithuanian derva "pine wood;" Old Irish daur, Welsh derwen "oak," Albanian drusk "oak").

Importance of the oak in mythology is reflected in the recurring use of words for "oak" to mean "tree." In Old English and Middle English, also "thing made of wood," especially the cross of the Crucifixion and a gallows (cf. Tyburn tree, gallows mentioned 12c. at Tyburn, at junction of Oxford Street and Edgware Road, place of public execution for Middlesex until 1783). Sense in family tree first attested 1706; verb meaning "to chase up a tree" is from 1700. Tree-hugger, contemptuous for "environmentalist" is attested by 1989.

Minc'd Pyes do not grow upon every tree,
But search the Ovens for them, and there they be.
["Poor Robin," Almanack, 1669]

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treed in Science
Any of a wide variety of perennial plants typically having a single woody stem, and usually branches and leaves. Many species of both gymnosperms (notably the conifers) and angiosperms grow in the form of trees. The ancient forests of the Devonian, Mississippian, and Pennsylvanian periods of the Paleozoic Era were dominated by trees belonging to groups of seedless plants such as the lycophytes. The strength and height of trees are made possible by the supportive conductive tissue known as vascular tissue.
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Slang definitions & phrases for treed
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with treed
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