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 troddentrample, squash, traipse, march, subdue, stride, stamp, hike, trudge, ambulate, plod, repress, crush, pace, step, tramp, quell, foot, subjugate, hoof
Examples from the Web for trodden
Contemporary Examples of trodden
The fact that Ashley was trodden upon because of this is a horrible sign of the times.Your Puffy-Face Moments, Inspired by Ashley Judd
April 13, 2012
I used to feel so hopeless that I was like Tom Thumb who has to hide under a chair so as not to be trodden on.Only Six Books: Excerpt From Jeanette Winterson’s New Memoir
March 7, 2012
Historical Examples of trodden
Besides, this was the first foreign shore his foot had ever trodden.Brave and Bold
In moving I had trodden on or touched the serpent with my foot, and it had bitten me just above the ankle.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
So I took the path, which, but for Mr. Barlow, I might never have trodden.The Uncommercial Traveller
Mr. Balderby winced as if some one had trodden upon one of his corns.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
It was a cold night, the snow was trodden hard, and the wind was rising.The Christian
verb treads, treading, trod, trodden or trod
Word Origin for tread
"that has been stepped on," 1540s, from past participle of tread (v.). The past participle was altered from Middle English treden under influence of Middle English past participles such as stolen from steal.
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