- formed or shaped by blows; hammered: a dish of beaten brass.
- much trodden; commonly used: a beaten path.
- defeated; vanquished; thwarted.
- overcome by exhaustion; fatigued by hard work, intense activity, etc.
- (of food) whipped up, pounded, pulverized, or the like: adding three beaten eggs.
- off the beaten track/path, novel; uncommon; out of the ordinary: a tiny shop that was off the beaten track.
Origin of beaten
Examples from the Web for well-beaten
Historical Examples of well-beaten
When very hot stir in carefully the well-beaten yolks of the eggs.Sandwiches
Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
Add to the yolks, and lastly add the well-beaten whites of six eggs.
When it is nearly stiff, add the well-beaten whites of three eggs.
There was a well-beaten path, so that we were in no danger of losing our way.Field and Forest
But Darby did not know that he was only going over a well-beaten track.Two Little Travellers
Frances Browne Arthur
- defeated or baffled
- shaped or made thin by hammeringa bowl of beaten gold
- much travelled; well trodden (esp in the phrase the beaten track)
- off the beaten track
- in or into unfamiliar territory
- out of the ordinary; unusual
- (of food) mixed by beating; whipped
- tired out; exhausted
- hunting (of woods, undergrowth, etc) scoured so as to rouse game
"hammered" (of metal, etc.), c.1300, from past participle of beat (v.), which alternates with beat with some distinctions of sense. Meaning "defeated" is from 1560s; that of "repeatedly struck" is from 1590s.