- to walk, especially laboriously or wearily: to trudge up a long flight of steps.
- to walk laboriously or wearily along or over: He trudged the deserted road for hours.
- a laborious or tiring walk; tramp.
Origin of trudge
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1. tramp. See pace1.
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Examples from the Web for trudge
They quickly agree to desert and trudge across the titular field to an alleged alehouse.‘A Field in England’ Is a Psychedelic Cinematic Trip
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"We really wanted stainless," says the crestfallen pair, and trudge back out the door.Beyond Stainless
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To ride a-horseback is surely pleasanter than to trudge a-foot?Cyropaedia
Then deleever it word for word to me, young mon, and I'll trudge off to Frances.Lords of the North
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We trudge in the treadmill and call it love of our ancient institutions.A Preface to Politics</p>
Now I must trudge off and do a little business on my own account, seeing we 'return on Friday.'Three People
But I'll find that man if I have to trudge through the whole kingdom.Europa's Fairy Book
- (intr) to walk or plod heavily or wearily
- (tr) to pass through or over by trudging
- a long tiring walk
C16: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for trudge
"to walk laboriously," 1540s, of unknown origin. Related: Trudged; trudging. The noun meaning "an act of trudging" is attested from 1835.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper