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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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  • 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 does only what he must when he works, the artist all he can.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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