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Rhymes: -ɒd

Etymology 1[edit]



  1. simple past tense of tread

Etymology 2[edit]

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trod (third-person singular simple present trods, present participle trodding, simple past and past participle trodded)

  1. To walk heavily or laboriously; plod; tread
    • 1813, The Parliamentary history of England from the earliest period to the year 1803
      Sir ; to me the noble lord seems to trod close in the foot-steps of his fellow-labourers in the ministerial vineyard, and u crow over us with the same reason
    • 1833, Timothy Flint, The history and geography of the Mississippi Valley
      It renders the paths, and the banks of the bayous in that region almost impassable in autumn, until the cattle have trodded it down.
    • 1866, Fanny Fisher, Ainsworth's heir
      They bore him to his chamber, where he lay all pale and tearless, like some broken reed, Some helpless shrub, all crushed and trodded down
    • 1895, Uchimura Kanzo, The Diary of a Japanese Convert
      Yet alas! I see around me the trodding of the same old paths, each trying to excel the other how to ape the good old ministers who were "very much liked by their parishioners."
    • 1962, American Motorcyclist, February, page 16
      Land of mystery and enchantment, continent of contrast and extremes, where adventure awaits those who dare to defy convention and choose to trod the unfamiliar path.
    • 2007 December 23, Matt Weiland, “Walker in the City”, in New York Times[1]:
      Happily, he writes the way he walks: at a vigorous lope, both attentive to the varied soils of the ground he trods and curious about the dust and dandelions over the next hill.
    • 2009 March 18, Sonia Day, “Nip that gardening zeal in the bud”, in Toronto Starliving/Gardening and landscaping/article/604047:
      And avoid trodding on the inevitably wet soil around the base of the shrubs as you work.
Derived terms[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]


From Old Irish troit (fight, battle, quarrel).


trod m (genitive singular troid, plural troid)

  1. verbal noun of troid
  2. quarrel
  3. reproof, rebuke, scolding


Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
trod throd
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.