- 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
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.