simple past tense of stride.



verb (used without object), strode, strid·den [strid-n] /ˈstrɪd n/, strid·ing.

to walk with long steps, as with vigor, haste, impatience, or arrogance.
to take a long step: to stride across a puddle.
to straddle.

verb (used with object), strode, strid·den [strid-n] /ˈstrɪd n/, strid·ing.

to walk with long steps along, on, through, over, etc.: to stride the deck.
to pass over or across in one long step: to stride a ditch.
to straddle.


a striding manner or a striding gait.
a long step in walking.
(in animal locomotion) the act of progressive movement completed when all the feet are returned to the same relative position as at the beginning.
the distance covered by such a movement: He was walking a stride or two ahead of the others.
a regular or steady course, pace, etc.
a step forward in development or progress: rapid strides in mastering algebra.


    hit one's stride,
    1. to achieve a regular or steady pace or course.
    2. to reach the point or level at which one functions most competently and consistently: The quarterback didn't hit his stride until the second half of the game.
    strides, (used with a plural verb) Australian Informal. trousers.
    take in stride, to deal with calmly; cope with successfully: She was able to take her sudden rise to fame in stride.

Origin of stride

before 900; (v.) Middle English striden, Old English strīdan; cognate with Dutch strijden, Low German strīden to stride; (noun) Middle English stride, derivative of the v.; akin to straddle
Related formsstrid·er, nounstrid·ing·ly, adverbout·stride, verb (used with object), out·strode, out·strid·den, out·strid·ing.

Synonyms for stride Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for strode

tramp, stomp, traipse, stalk, pound, stump, parade, stamp, pace, drill, march, clump, tromp

Examples from the Web for strode

Contemporary Examples of strode

Historical Examples of strode

  • He grew pale with passion, turned on his heel, and strode away.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He flung out of the room on to the terrace and strode away in a rage.


    William J. Locke

  • He smote his palm with his clenched fist and strode about the little room.


    William J. Locke

  • He strode past Mart into the wretched room, and looked at the bed in the corner.

  • The old soldiers and Hordle John strode off together in all good fellowship.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for strode



the past tense of stride



a long step or pace
the space measured by such a step
a striding gait
an act of forward movement by an animal, completed when the legs have returned to their initial relative positions
progress or development (esp in the phrase make rapid strides)
a regular pace or rate of progressto get into one's stride; to be put off one's stride
rowing the distance covered between strokes
Also called: stride piano jazz a piano style characterized by single bass notes on the first and third beats and chords on the second and fourth
(plural) informal, mainly Australian men's trousers
take something in one's stride to do something without difficulty or effort

verb strides, striding, strode or stridden

(intr) to walk with long regular or measured paces, as in haste, etc
(tr) to cover or traverse by stridinghe strode thirty miles
(often foll by over, across, etc) to cross (over a space, obstacle, etc) with a stride
(intr) rowing to achieve the desired rhythm in a racing shell
Derived Formsstrider, noun

Word Origin for stride

Old English strīdan; related to Old High German strītan to quarrel; see straddle
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Word Origin and History for strode



Old English stridan "to straddle," from Proto-Germanic *stridanan (cf. Middle Low German strede "stride," Dutch strijd, Old High German strit, German Streit "fight, contention, combat," Old Norse striðr "strong, hard, stubborn, severe"), from root *strid- "to strive, make a strong effort." Meaning "to walk with long or extended steps" is from c.1200. Cognate words in most Germanic languages mean "to fight, struggle;" the notion behind the English usage might be the effort involved in making long strides, striving forward.



"a step in walking," Old English stride, from the root of stride (v.). Figurative meaning in make strides "make progress" is from c.1600. To take (something) in stride (1832), i.e. "without change of gait," originally is of horses leaping hedges in the hunting-field; figurative sense attested from 1902. Jazz music stride tempo is attested from 1938.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with strode


see hit one's stride; make great strides; take in stride.

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