[ druhb-ing ]
/ ˈdrʌb ɪŋ /


a beating; a sound thrashing.
a decisive, humiliating defeat, as in a game or contest.

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Origin of drubbing

First recorded in 1640–50; drub + -ing1

Definition for drubbing (2 of 2)

[ 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.

Origin of drub

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


drub·ber, nounun·drubbed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for drubbing (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdrʌbɪŋ) /


a beating, as with a stick, cudgel, etc
a comprehensive or heavy defeat, esp in a sporting competition

British Dictionary definitions for drubbing (2 of 2)

/ (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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