[ druhb ]
/ drʌb /

verb (used with object), drubbed, drub·bing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. drownproofing,
  2. drowse,
  3. drowsihead,
  4. drowsiness,
  5. drowsy,
  6. drubbing,
  7. drucilla,
  8. drudge,
  9. drudgery,
  10. drudgework

Origin of drub

1625–35; perhaps by uncertain mediation < Arabic ḍarb blow, beating

Related formsdrub·ber, nounun·drubbed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for drub


/ (drʌb) /

verb drubs, drubbing or drubbed (tr)

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

Word Origin for drub

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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