- a past participle of tread.
Examples from the Web for well-trodden
As has been well-trodden at this point, the lyrics to this classic duet are quite concerning.The Most WTF Covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Everyone’s Favorite Date-Rape Holiday Classic
November 19, 2014
Though the idea of parsing meaning from hip-hop is new, the link between music and mental health is well-trodden ground.Hip-Hop Psychology: Using Music to Fight Mental Illness
November 17, 2014
A stone mosque built not long after the city became a well-trodden passageway still stands as a central attraction in the town.The Lost Libraries of the Sahara
September 11, 2014
Evans has a few choice quips for spotting and avoiding the well-trodden, souvenir-shop-lined tourist routes.Digital Nomad Andrew Evans’s Six Top Travel Tips
March 7, 2013
The Tudor period is well-trodden ground in historical fiction and I admit I picked this book up wearily, thinking I knew it all.Geraldine Brooks' Favorite Historical Fiction
May 11, 2011
Taking the canoe and freight upon their shoulders, they carried them along the well-trodden trail which constituted the portage.
The next morning La Salle took his brother and seven men, and followed a well-trodden Indian trail in search of a village.
The deer and moose were in their well-trodden "yards," for the snow was deep.The Watchers of the Trails
Charles G. D. Roberts
It had stood for some time, as was shown by the well-trodden snow.With the Indians in the Rockies
James Willard Schultz
It was no well-trodden path that Garry followed, but he knew his landmarks.
- (of a path, route, etc) much frequented or used by walkers, travellers, etc
- a past participle of tread
Word Origin and History for well-trodden
"that has been stepped on," 1540s, from past participle of tread (v.). The past participle was altered from Middle English treden under influence of Middle English past participles such as stolen from steal.