tread

[ tred ]
/ trɛd /

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

verb (used with object), trod, trod·den or trod, tread·ing.

noun

Idioms for tread

Origin of tread

before 900; (v.) Middle English treden, Old English tredan; cognate with Old Frisian treda, Old Saxon tredan, Dutch treden, German treten; akin to Old Norse trotha, Gothic trudan; (noun) Middle English tred footprint, derivative of the v.

OTHER WORDS FROM tread

tread·er, nouno·ver·tread, nounsub·tread, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tread the boards

tread
/ (trɛd) /

verb treads, treading, trod, trodden or trod

noun

Derived forms of tread

treader, noun

Word Origin for tread

Old English tredan; related to Old Norse trotha , Old High German tretan, Swedish träda
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Idioms and Phrases with tread the boards (1 of 2)

tread the boards

Act on the stage, as in Her main ambition was to tread the boards in a big city. This idiom uses boards in the sense of “a theatrical stage,” a usage dating from the mid-1700s. It dates from the mid-1800s but was preceded by the idiom tread the stage, first recorded in 1691.

Idioms and Phrases with tread the boards (2 of 2)

tread

In addition to the idioms beginning with tread

  • tread the boards
  • tread water

also see:

  • fools rush in where angels fear to tread
  • step (tread) on one's toes
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