Nearby words

  1. dreariness,
  2. dreary,
  3. dreck,
  4. drecksill,
  5. dred scott decision,
  6. dredge up,
  7. dredger,
  8. dredging,
  9. dredging machine,
  10. dree

Origin of dredge

1425–75; late Middle English (Scots) dreg-, Old English *drecg(e); see dray, draw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dredge up

dredge up

verb (tr, adverb)

to bring to notice, esp with considerable effort and from an obscure, remote, or unlikely sourceto dredge up worthless ideas
to raise with or as if with a dredgethey dredged up the corpse from the lake


/ (drɛdʒ) /


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)


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


/ (drɛdʒ) /


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 up



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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