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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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British Dictionary definitions for drudgingly

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
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Word Origin and History for drudgingly

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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