- any substance recognized in the official pharmacopoeia or formulary of the nation.
- any substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals.
- any article, other than food, intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animals.
- any substance intended for use as a component of such a drug, but not a device or a part of a device.
- chemical substances prepared and sold as pharmaceutical items, either by prescription or over the counter.
- personal hygienic items sold in a drugstore, as toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
verb (used with object), drugged, drug·ging.
Origin of drug1
verb Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. Nonstandard.
Origin of Drug
Related Words for drugpharmaceutical, prescription, poison, narcotic, remedy, cure, medicine, pill, stimulant, medicate, dope, sedate, tonic, potion, sedative, opiate, essence, medicament, depressant, physic
Examples from the Web for drug
Contemporary Examples of drug
A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Did he go to the authorities to file a report against the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel?Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
He also was working to recruit Castro as a driver for a drug load.
And so the same creeping rot of the rule of law that the administration has inflicted on immigration now bedevils our drug laws.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
“They know there are drug spots,” said Wanda Williams, who was out for a walk with her son.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
Historical Examples of drug
That they would use the drug to excess there can be no doubt, and that is the main point.
I am sending this message from the drug store around the corner.Within the Law
A swarm surrounded the drug store, the glass door of which stood open.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Mr. Graham, if you'll teach me the drug business I'll work for you for nothing.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Then I could drug him and we could carry him off at the lock and put him in a cell.City of Endless Night
verb drugs, drugging or drugged (tr)
Word Origin for drug
late 14c. (early 14c. in Anglo-French), "medicine, chemical ingredients," from Old French droge "supply, stock, provision" (14c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German droge-vate "dry barrels," or droge waere, literally "dry wares," but specifically drugs and spices, with first element mistaken as word for the contents (see dry goods), or because medicines mostly consisted of dried herbs.
Cf. Latin species, in Late Latin "wares," then specialized to "spices" (French épice, English spice). The same source produced Italian and Spanish droga, Swedish drog.
Application to "narcotics and opiates" is late 19c., though association with "poisons" is 1500s. Druggie first recorded 1968. To be a drug on or in the market (mid-17c.) is of doubtful connection and may be a different word, perhaps a play on drag, which was sometimes drug c.1240-1800.
c.1600, from drug (n.). Related: drugged; drugging.