- a person who does menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.
- a person who works in a routine, unimaginative way.
- to perform menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.
Origin of drudge
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Examples from the Web for drudges
Society does little else than to teach its girls to be dolls and drudges.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
Then will the rich have their Harems, and the poor their drudges.
That's the great empire they boast about of drudges and whipped serfs.Ulysses
Bush-harrows, which are at work in the meadows at this time of year, are drudges or dredges.Field and Hedgerow
But they had heard the same before, and were yet the drudges of his will.I've Been Thinking;
Azel Stevens Roe
- a person, such as a servant, who works hard at wearisome menial tasks
- (intr) to toil at such tasks
Word Origin and History for drudges
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.