- 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.
- drug abuse,
- drug addict,
- drug baron,
- drug enforcement administration,
- drug eruption
Origin of drug1
verb Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. Nonstandard.
Origin of Drug
Examples from the Web for drug
A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.
Did he go to the authorities to file a report against the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel?
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.
“They know there are drug spots,” said Wanda Williams, who was out for a walk with her son.
She made a few purchases at the drug store and then impulsively entered the telegraph office.Behind the Green Door|Mildred A. Wirt
I'll come down on the car at a quarter before eight and meet you at Harne's drug store.A Woman for Mayor|Helen M. Winslow
The sight of a knot of curious idlers outside a drug store in Times Square caused him to quicken his steps.The Gray Phantom|Herman Landon
I have not come to any definite use of this drug yet, but I shall only mention a few facts that I have observed during its use.
With her, labor is a drug, the cheapest article she has, and so she exports it.Across America|James F. Rusling
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.