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Origin of dredge

1
First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English (Scots ) dreg, as in dreg-boat “dredge boat,” probably an irregular formation of Old English dragan draw; see also dray

Other definitions for dredge (2 of 2)

dredge2
[ drej ]
/ drɛdʒ /

verb (used with object), dredged, dredg·ing.Cooking.
to sprinkle or coat with some powdered substance, especially flour.

Origin of dredge

2
First recorded in 1590–1600; verb use of dredge (now obsolete or dialectal) “mixture of grains,” from late Middle English drag(g)e, dreg(g)e, draget(e), apparently to be identified with Middle English drag(g)e, dragie “sweet sauce, confection; mixture of grains, mix or company of people,” from Anglo-French drag(g)é, dragee, from Old French dragie, dragé; possibly related to dragée
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How to use dredge in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dredge (1 of 2)

dredge1
/ (drɛdʒ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for dredge (2 of 2)

dredge2
/ (drɛdʒ) /

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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