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[truhj] /trʌdʒ/
verb (used without object), trudged, trudging.
to walk, especially laboriously or wearily:
to trudge up a long flight of steps.
verb (used with object), trudged, trudging.
to walk laboriously or wearily along or over:
He trudged the deserted road for hours.
a laborious or tiring walk; tramp.
Origin of trudge
1540-50; perhaps blend of tread and drudge
Related forms
trudger, noun
1. tramp. See pace1 . Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To ride a-horseback is surely pleasanter than to trudge a-foot?

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Then deleever it word for word to me, young mon, and I'll trudge off to Frances.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • We trudge in the treadmill and call it love of our ancient institutions.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • Now I must trudge off and do a little business on my own account, seeing we 'return on Friday.'

    Three People Pansy
  • But I'll find that man if I have to trudge through the whole kingdom.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • Get thee an ape, and trudge the land The leader of a juggling band.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I cannot trudge on foot all the distance through the deep snow.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes William H. G. Kingston
  • He and she will trudge for miles to dance at some distant village inn.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
British Dictionary definitions for trudge


(intransitive) to walk or plod heavily or wearily
(transitive) to pass through or over by trudging
a long tiring walk
Derived Forms
trudger, noun
Word Origin
C16: of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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