a person who does menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.
a person who works in a routine, unimaginative way.

verb (used without object), drudged, drudg·ing.

to perform menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.

Origin of drudge

1485–95; compare OE man's name Drycghelm helmet maker, equivalent to drycg (akin to drēogan to work) + helm helm2
Related formsdrudg·er, noundrudg·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for drudge

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Examples from the Web for drudge

Contemporary Examples of drudge

Historical Examples of drudge

  • Such a crushing fall, a young lady abased to the level of a drudge!

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • If a man has to live by his wits, he must drudge; there's no help for it.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • To the young man work is a drudge, a necessity to keep him alive.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • You are a toiler, a drudge, you knock off a great deal of work.

    Artists' Wives

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The drudge longs for the end of labor, the artist for it to begin.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts

British Dictionary definitions for drudge



a person, such as a servant, who works hard at wearisome menial tasks


(intr) to toil at such tasks
Derived Formsdrudger, noundrudgingly, adverb

Word Origin for drudge

C16: perhaps from druggen to toil
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Word Origin and History for drudge

late 15c., "one employed in mean, servile, or distasteful work," missing in Old English and Middle English (but cf. Middle English druggen "do menial or monotonous work; druggunge, mid-13c., in Barnhart), but apparently related to Old English dreogan "to work, suffer, endure" (see endure). The verb is from 1540s. Related: Drudged; drudging. The surname is from 13c., probably from Old French dragie "a mixture of grains sown together," thus, a grower of this crop.

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