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[druhj] /drʌdʒ/
a person who does menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.
a person who works in a routine, unimaginative way.
verb (used without object), drudged, drudging.
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 forms
drudger, noun
drudgingly, adverb
3. toil, hack, grub, plod, slave. Unabridged
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  • To drudge in religion may very well be necessary as an initial stage, but it is not its perfection.

    Bygone Beliefs H. Stanley Redgrove
  • Converse meant a lay-brother employed as a drudge in a monastery.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • The drudge does only what he must when he works, the artist all he can.

    The Mind and Its Education George Herbert Betts
  • Thus she was treated as a slave, or drudge, or beast of burden.

    On the Indian Trail Egerton Ryerson Young
  • They made him their drudge, for when any curious experiment was to be donne they would lay the taske on him.

British Dictionary definitions for drudge


a person, such as a servant, who works hard at wearisome menial tasks
(intransitive) to toil at such tasks
Derived Forms
drudger, noun
drudgingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from druggen to toil
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Word Origin and History for drudge

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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