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drub

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verb \ˈdrəb\

Definition of drub

drubbed

drubbing

  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 and Etymology of drub

perhaps from Arabic ḍaraba


First Known Use: 1634



DRUB Defined for Kids

drub

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verb \ˈdrəb\

Definition of drub for Students

drubbed

drubbing

  1. 1 :  to beat severely

  2. 2 :  to defeat completely




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