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.

Origin of trudge

1540–50; perhaps blend of tread and drudge
Related formstrudg·er, noun

Synonyms for trudge

1. tramp. See pace1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trudge

Contemporary Examples of trudge

Historical Examples of trudge

  • To ride a-horseback is surely pleasanter than to trudge a-foot?



  • Then deleever it word for word to me, young mon, and I'll trudge off to Frances.

  • We trudge in the treadmill and call it love of our ancient institutions.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • Now I must trudge off and do a little business on my own account, seeing we 'return on Friday.'

  • But I'll find that man if I have to trudge through the whole kingdom.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs

British Dictionary definitions for trudge



(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