[ doun-trod-n ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌtrɒd n /


tyrannized over; oppressed: the downtrodden plebeians of ancient Rome.
trampled upon.
Also down·trod.

Origin of downtrodden

First recorded in 1560–70; down1 + trodden
Related formsdown·trod·den·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for downtrod

  • And she rippled on about the freedom of her soul and her downtrod sisters and this here New Dawn.

    Somewhere in Red Gap|Harry Leon Wilson
  • Well, Curly, how are you enjoying yourself now in this hard and downtrod position that life has gave to you?

    The Man Next Door|Emerson Hough

British Dictionary definitions for downtrod



/ (ˈdaʊnˌtrɒdən) /


subjugated; oppressed
trodden down; trampled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for downtrod



1560s, "stepped on," from down (adv.) + trodden. Figurative use, "oppressed," is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper