Origin of dredge

1
1425–75; late Middle English (Scots) dreg-, Old English *drecg(e); see dray, draw
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British Dictionary definitions for dredge up (1 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for dredge up (2 of 3)

dredge

1
/ (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 up (3 of 3)

dredge

2
/ (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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