Related formswell-trod·den, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective (well trodden when postpositive)
  1. (of a path, route, etc) much frequented or used by walkers, travellers, etc


  1. a past participle of tread
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"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.

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