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drub

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verb, \ˈdrəb\

Definition of drub

drubbeddrubbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to beat severely

  3. 2 :  to berate critically

  4. 3 :  to defeat decisively

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  drum, stamp

drubber noun
drubbing noun


Examples of drub in a sentence

  1. <a crowd was drubbing the purse snatcher when the police arrived on the scene>

  2. <we drubbed our traditional football rivals so badly that it was basically no contest>



Did You Know?

Sportswriters often use drub, but the term's history reveals that it wasn't always a sporting word. When drub was first used in English, it referred to a method of punishment that involved beating the soles of a culprit's feet with a stick or cudgel. The term was apparently brought to England in the 17th century by travelers who reported observing the punitive practice in Asia. Etymologists are uncertain of the ultimate origin of drub, but some have speculated that it may have evolved from the Arabic word daraba, meaning "to beat."

Origin of drub

perhaps from Arabic ḍaraba


First Known Use: 1634

Rhymes with drub



DRUB Defined for Kids

drub

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verb \ˈdrəb\

Definition of drub for Students

drubbeddrubbing

  1. 1 :  to beat severely

  2. 2 :  to defeat completely





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