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

before 1100; Middle English beten, Old English bēaten, past participle of bēatan to beat
Related formsun·der·beat·en, adjectivewell-beat·en, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.


    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

    Oliver Optic

  • But Darby did not know that he was only going over a well-beaten track.

    Two Little Travellers

    Frances Browne Arthur

British Dictionary definitions for well-beaten



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
  1. in or into unfamiliar territory
  2. 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
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Word Origin and History for well-beaten



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper