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

Origin of drubbing

First recorded in 1640–50; drub + -ing1



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
Related formsdrub·ber, nounun·drubbed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for drubbing

Contemporary Examples of drubbing

Historical Examples of drubbing

  • Then shall he not go without a ducking and eke a drubbing himself!

  • I fancy I had some vague notion of falling upon him and giving him a drubbing.

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad

  • According to this fact I must admit, that he deserves a drubbing.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • Now and then a drubbing, but who pays any attention to such things!

    Luna Benamor

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Some of you men 'd be the better for a drubbing every day of your lives.

British Dictionary definitions for drubbing



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


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 drubbing



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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