- to beat with a stick or the like; cudgel; flog; thrash.
- to defeat decisively, as in a game or contest.
- to drive as if by flogging: Latin grammar was drubbed into their heads.
- to stamp (the feet).
- a blow with a stick or the like.
Origin of drub
1625–35; perhaps by uncertain mediation < Arabic ḍarb blow, beating
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Examples from the Web for drub
At rehearsal he used frequently to drub his former mistress.
He has to drub along all day, day in and day out, sternly, and be President of all of us.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
And as for the men, what could they think, when the preacher could drub any six of them?The Maid of Sker
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Laura began to drub on the drawing-room window and nod and laugh from it.The History of Pendennis
William Makepeace Thackeray
Drub says that the actors left out "a considerable load of Obscenity and Prophaness."Three Hours after Marriage
- to beat as with a stick; cudgel; club
- to defeat utterly, as in a contest
- to drum or stamp (the feet)
- to instil with force or repetitionthe master drubbed Latin into the boys
- a blow, as from a stick
C17: probably from Arabic dáraba to beat
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Word Origin and History for drub
1630s (in an Oriental travel narrative), probably from Arabic darb "a beating," from daraba "he beat up" (see discussion in OED). Related: Drubbed; Drubbing.
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