See more synonyms for beaten on
  1. formed or shaped by blows; hammered: a dish of beaten brass.
  2. much trodden; commonly used: a beaten path.
  3. defeated; vanquished; thwarted.
  4. overcome by exhaustion; fatigued by hard work, intense activity, etc.
  5. (of food) whipped up, pounded, pulverized, or the like: adding three beaten eggs.
  1. off the beaten track/path, novel; uncommon; out of the ordinary: a tiny shop that was off the beaten track.

Origin of beaten

before 1100; Middle English beten, Old English bēaten, past participle of bēatan to beat
Related formsun·der·beat·en, adjectivewell-beat·en, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for off the beaten track


  1. defeated or baffled
  2. shaped or made thin by hammeringa bowl of beaten gold
  3. much travelled; well trodden (esp in the phrase the beaten track)
  4. off the beaten track
    1. in or into unfamiliar territory
    2. out of the ordinary; unusual
  5. (of food) mixed by beating; whipped
  6. tired out; exhausted
  7. hunting (of woods, undergrowth, etc) scoured so as to rouse game
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Word Origin and History for off the beaten track



"hammered" (of metal, etc.), c.1300, from past participle of beat (v.), which alternates with beat with some distinctions of sense. Meaning "defeated" is from 1560s; that of "repeatedly struck" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with off the beaten track

off the beaten track

An unusual route or destination, as in We found a great vacation spot, off the beaten track. This term alludes to a well-worn path trodden down by many feet and was first recorded in 1860, although the phrase beaten track was recorded in 1638 in reference to the usual, unoriginal way of doing something.

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