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untread

[uhn-tred]
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verb (used with object), un·trod, un·trod·den or un·trod, un·tread·ing.
  1. to go back through in the same steps.
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Origin of untread

First recorded in 1585–95; un-2 + tread

untrod

or un·trod·den

[uhn-trod or uhn-trod-n]
adjective
  1. not trod; not traversed: the untrod wastes of Antarctica.
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Origin of untrod

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + trod
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Examples from the Web for untrodden

Historical Examples

  • Was it the murmuring of the dark stream as it washed upon the untrodden shore?

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • The path was overgrown, and it was clear that for years now it had remained all but untrodden.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • The gravel has been newly raked, and gleams white and untrodden.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • Two minutes before the moon had shone upon an untrodden expanse of snow.

  • Against it he, the king of the untrodden wilderness, could not hope to contend.

    The Black Phantom

    Leo Edward Miller


British Dictionary definitions for untrodden

untread

verb -treads, -treading, -trod, -trodden or -trod
  1. (tr) rare to retrace (a course, path, etc)
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Word Origin and History for untrodden

adj.

c.1300, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of tread (v.).

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