[ rohd ]
/ roʊd /


a simple past tense of ride.
Nonstandard. a past participle of ride.

Nearby words

  1. rod mill,
  2. rodchenko,
  3. rodchenko, aleksandr,
  4. rodded,
  5. roddick,
  6. rodent,
  7. rodent operative,
  8. rodent ulcer,
  9. rodentia,
  10. rodenticide


[ rohd ]
/ roʊd /

noun (in New England and E Canada)

a rope by which a boat is anchored.

Origin of rode

First recorded in 1625–35; origin uncertain

Origin of ride

before 900; 1915–20 for def 17; Middle English riden (v.), Old English rīdan; cognate with Old Frisian rīda, German reiten, Old Norse rītha; akin to Old Irish ríad journey (cf. palfrey, rheda). See road

Synonym study

2. See drive. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rode

British Dictionary definitions for rode


/ (rəʊd) /


the past tense of ride


nautical an anchor rope or chain

Word Origin for rode

C17: of unknown origin


(intr) (of the male woodcock) to perform a display flight at dusk during the breeding season
Derived Formsroding, noun

Word Origin for rode

C18: in the sense ``(of birds) to fly homeward in the evening''; of uncertain origin


/ (raɪd) /

verb rides, riding, rode or ridden


Derived Formsridable or rideable, adjective

Word Origin for ride

Old English rīdan; related to Old High German rītan, Old Norse rītha

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Word Origin and History for rode
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with rode


In addition to the idioms beginning with ride

  • ride for a fall
  • ride hellbent for leather
  • ride herd on
  • ride high
  • ride out
  • ride roughshod over
  • ride shotgun
  • ride up

also see:

  • along for the ride
  • go along (for the ride)
  • gravy train, ride the
  • hitch a ride
  • let ride
  • take someone for a ride
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