well trodden


a past participle of tread.

well-trodden, adjective
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trodden (ˈtrɒdən)
a past participle of tread

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Word Origin & History

"that has been stepped on," 1545, from pp. of tread. The pp. was alt. from M.E. treden under infl. of M.E. pps. such as stolen from steal.
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