[ druhj ]
/ drʌdʒ /


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 forms

drudg·er, noundrudg·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for drudge


/ (drʌdʒ) /


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


(intr) to toil at such tasks

Derived Forms

drudger, noundrudgingly, adverb

Word Origin for drudge

C16: perhaps from druggen to toil
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