verb (used without object), trod, trod·den or trod, tread·ing.
verb (used with object), trod, trod·den or trod, tread·ing.
- Swimming.to maintain the body erect in the water with the head above the surface usually by a pumping up-and-down movement of the legs and sometimes the arms.
- Slang.to make efforts that maintain but do not further one's status, progress, or performance: He's just treading water here until he can find another job.
Origin of tread
Related Words for treadtrample, squash, march, trace, pace, track, footstep, gait, stride, step, tramp, traipse, subdue, stamp, hike, trudge, ambulate, plod, repress, crush
Examples from the Web for tread
Contemporary Examples of tread
We feel their strangeness when we read their words—they lived on a plane where few dare to tread.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
It really set the tone for the second half of Season 5, ending with that great “tread lightly” encounter between Hank and Walt.Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future, Directing ‘Better Call Saul,’ and Hillary 2016
August 1, 2014
The interim, however, is ours, and here we must tread carefully.Alleged Santa Barbara Killer Elliot Rodger and the Twisted Cult of Modern Masculinity
May 26, 2014
The moral philosopher Michael Sandel observed, “Fundamentalists rush in where liberals fear to tread.”How Liberals Abandoned Religion to the Fundamentalist Right
May 11, 2014
She says that Italy must tread carefully not to allow this to happen.‘Hero’ Doc Accused of Harvesting Stem Cells in Dirty Basements
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 29, 2014
Historical Examples of tread
No, I will tear his image from my bosom, tread on him, spurn him.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
She could hear his tread marching into her life, and could see his face.Tiverton Tales
It was fair, and so long that when standing up she could tread on it and bend her head forward.My Double Life
After carrying a heavy pack so long, I seemed to tread on air.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
He took her soft hand, ere her mother could bar,— "Now tread we a measure!"Graded Poetry: Second Year
verb treads, treading, trod, trodden or trod
Word Origin for tread
Old English tredan (class V strong verb; past tense træd, past participle treden), from Proto-Germanic *tredanan (cf. Old Frisian treda, Middle Dutch treden, Old High German tretan, German treten, Gothic trudan, Old Norse troða).
early 13c., from tread (v.); in reference to automobile tires, it is recorded from 1906.
In addition to the idioms beginning with tread
- tread the boards
- tread water
- fools rush in where angels fear to tread
- step (tread) on one's toes