Origin of dredge

1
1425–75; late Middle English (Scots) dreg-, Old English *drecg(e); see dray, draw

dredge

2
[drej]

verb (used with object), dredged, dredg·ing. Cookery.

to sprinkle or coat with some powdered substance, especially flour.

Origin of dredge

2
1590–1600; v. use of dredge (now obsolete or dial.) mixture of grains, late Middle English dragge, dregge, apparently to be identified with Middle English drag(g)e, dragie (disyllabic) sweetmeat, confection < Anglo-French drag(g)é, dragee, Old French (see dragée); compare similar dual sense of Medieval Latin dragētum, dragium
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widen, clean, unearth, raise

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British Dictionary definitions for dredge

dredge

1

noun

Also called: dredger a machine, in the form of a bucket ladder, grab, or suction device, used to remove material from a riverbed, channel, etc
another name for dredger 1 (def. 1)

verb

to remove (material) from a riverbed, channel, etc, by means of a dredge
(tr) to search for (a submerged object) with or as if with a dredge; drag

Word Origin for dredge

C16: perhaps ultimately from Old English dragan to draw; see drag

dredge

2

verb

to sprinkle or coat (food) with flour, sugar, etc

Word Origin for dredge

C16: from Old French dragie, perhaps from Latin tragēmata spices, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for dredge
n.

late 15c., in Scottish dreg-boat "boat for dredging," perhaps ultimately from root of drag (possibly via Middle Dutch dregghe "drag-net"). The verb is attested from c.1500 in Scottish. Related: Dredged; dredging.

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