[ trod-n ]
/ ˈtrɒd n /


a past participle of tread.

Nearby words

  1. trochlear spine,
  2. trochoid,
  3. trochoid joint,
  4. trochophore,
  5. trod,
  6. trode,
  7. troezen,
  8. troffer,
  9. trog,
  10. troglobiont

Related formswell-trod·den, adjective


[ tred ]
/ trɛd /

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

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


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.

Related formstread·er, nouno·ver·tread, nounsub·tread, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trodden


/ (ˈtrɒdən) /


a past participle of tread


/ (trɛd) /

verb treads, treading, trod, trodden or trod


Derived Formstreader, noun

Word Origin for tread

Old English tredan; related to Old Norse trotha , Old High German tretan, Swedish träda

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Word Origin and History for trodden
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Idioms and Phrases with trodden


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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