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 trodtrample, squash, traipse, march, subdue, stride, stamp, hike, trudge, ambulate, plod, repress, crush, pace, step, tramp, quell, foot, subjugate, hoof
Examples from the Web for trod
Contemporary Examples of trod
I looked with awe at the ground I trod on, to see what the Powers had made there, the form and fashion and material of their work.Book Bag: Paul Theroux’s Favorite Inner-Journey Travel Books
May 14, 2013
Ensuring more diverse images of women in the worlds of both music and media was a path Latifah decided to trod long ago.Queen Latifah Talks About the ‘Steel Magnolias’ Remake and the Importance of Diversity
October 7, 2012
Since graduating from Simmons College as a business major in 1958, Ruth had trod a conventional path.The Tragic Life of Barack Obama’s Father
Sally H. Jacobs
July 10, 2011
In any case, recent events had got me wondering how many Americans had trod the usual path but in reverse.The Big Goodbye: Why Some Abandon the Right
May 31, 2011
Keep ever in the one straight path Of duty they have trod; And guided by the same pure light Of love, for man and God.The Last of the Wasps
September 27, 2009
Historical Examples of trod
The earth he trod was like no other ground he had ever walked upon.In the Midst of Alarms
On mounting the steps at the Thtre Franais I trod on a lady's dress.
We had to move slowly, as at every step we trod upon the dying or the dead.
Where they trod it was as if peach pits were crushed beneath their feet.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
They called to Madame Gaudron to be careful how she trod on account of her condition.L'Assommoir
verb treads, treading, trod, trodden or trod
Word Origin for tread
past tense of tread (q.v.).
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