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drudge

[druhj]
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noun
  1. a person who does menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.
  2. a person who works in a routine, unimaginative way.
verb (used without object), drudged, drudg·ing.
  1. to perform menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.

Origin of drudge

1485–95; compare OE man's name Drycghelm helmet maker, equivalent to drycg (akin to drēogan to work) + helm helm2
Related formsdrudg·er, noundrudg·ing·ly, adverb

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3. toil, hack, grub, plod, slave.
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  • Such a crushing fall, a young lady abased to the level of a drudge!

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • If a man has to live by his wits, he must drudge; there's no help for it.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • To the young man work is a drudge, a necessity to keep him alive.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • You are a toiler, a drudge, you knock off a great deal of work.

    Artists' Wives

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The drudge longs for the end of labor, the artist for it to begin.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts


British Dictionary definitions for drudge

drudge

noun
  1. a person, such as a servant, who works hard at wearisome menial tasks
verb
  1. (intr) to toil at such tasks
Derived Formsdrudger, noundrudgingly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from druggen to toil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for drudge

n.

late 15c., "one employed in mean, servile, or distasteful work," missing in Old English and Middle English (but cf. Middle English druggen "do menial or monotonous work; druggunge, mid-13c., in Barnhart), but apparently related to Old English dreogan "to work, suffer, endure" (see endure). The verb is from 1540s. Related: Drudged; drudging. The surname is from 13c., probably from Old French dragie "a mixture of grains sown together," thus, a grower of this crop.

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