[ truhj ]
/ trʌdʒ /

verb (used without object), trudged, trudg·ing.

to walk, especially laboriously or wearily: to trudge up a long flight of steps.

verb (used with object), trudged, trudg·ing.

to walk laboriously or wearily along or over: He trudged the deserted road for hours.


a laborious or tiring walk; tramp.

Nearby words

  1. truculent,
  2. truculently,
  3. trudeau,
  4. trudeau, pierre elliott,
  5. trudeaumania,
  6. trudgen,
  7. trudy,
  8. true,
  9. true ankylosis,
  10. true anomaly

Origin of trudge

1540–50; perhaps blend of tread and drudge

Related formstrudg·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trudge


/ (trʌdʒ) /


(intr) to walk or plod heavily or wearily
(tr) to pass through or over by trudging


a long tiring walk
Derived Formstrudger, noun

Word Origin for trudge

C16: of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for trudge



"to walk laboriously," 1540s, of unknown origin. Related: Trudged; trudging. The noun meaning "an act of trudging" is attested from 1835.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper