[ verb ree-tred; noun ree-tred ]
/ verb riˈtrɛd; noun ˈriˌtrɛd /

verb (used with object), re·tread·ed, re·tread·ing.

to put a new tread on (a worn pneumatic tire casing) either by recapping or by cutting fresh treads in the smooth surface.
to repeat or do over, especially without the boldness or inventiveness of the original.


Nearby words

  1. retrain,
  2. retrainee,
  3. retral,
  4. retrally,
  5. retransmission,
  6. retreat,
  7. retreat from reality,
  8. retreatant,
  9. retreatism,
  10. retrench

Origin of retread

First recorded in 1885–90; re- + tread


[ ree-tred ]
/ riˈtrɛd /

verb (used with or without object), re-trod, re-trod·den or re-trod, re-tread·ing.

to tread again.

Origin of re-tread

First recorded in 1590–1600; re- + tread Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for retread

British Dictionary definitions for retread


verb (riːˈtrɛd) -treads, -treading or -treaded

(tr) another word for remould (def. 2)

noun (ˈriːˌtrɛd)

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


/ (riːˈtrɛd) /

verb -treads, -treading, -trod, -trodden or -trod

(tr) to tread or walk over (one's steps) again
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Word Origin and History for retread



"to put a new tread on (a tire)," 1908, from re- "back, again" (see re-) + tread (q.v.). The noun is attested from 1914; in World War I it was Australian slang for "a re-enlisted soldier."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper