[verb ree-tred; noun ree-tred]
- 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
- to tread again.
Origin of re-tread
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Examples from the Web for retread
Instead he mocked them and rehashed old ideas with retread rhetoric.Paul Begala on Mitt Romney’s Epic Fail in His GOP Convention Speech
August 31, 2012
The line was a retread from his speech in 2008, where he used an almost identical opener.Live from Right-Wing Central
John Avlon, Benjamin Sarlin
February 18, 2010
Nor is his often-riveting new memoir an exercise in nostalgia, apologia, or retread rhetoric.The Accidental Radical
John Douglas Marshall
April 27, 2009
McKenzie was getting old, he wanted a Retread, and wanted it badly.
On examination we found that there was no outlet practicable for us in this channel, and that we must retread our steps.History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
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?
- (tr) another word for remould (def. 2)
- another word for remould (def. 3)
- Australian and 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
- (tr) to tread or walk over (one's steps) again
Word Origin and History for retread
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper