\ ˈdrəj How to pronounce drudge (audio) \
drudged; drudging

Definition of drudge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to do hard, menial, or monotonous work

transitive verb

: to force to do hard, menial, or monotonous work



Definition of drudge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who is obliged to do menial work
2 : one whose work is routine and boring
3 : menial or tedious labor

Other Words from drudge


drudger noun

Examples of drudge in a Sentence

Verb factory workers who must drudge all day at repetitive tasks Noun She was tired of working as an office drudge. worked like a drudge at a low-paying job that had few benefits
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While the House drudged through a partisan back-and-forth, top Republicans and Democrats in the Senate hatched a deal. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, 24 Mar. 2020 As ambitious Jim heads east, Ántonia is a disgraced, unmarried mother drudging on the farm for a churlish brother. Robert Garnett, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2018 So spare a thought on Tuesday for the half-million teenagers drudging through derivatives. James Markarian, WSJ, 14 May 2018 While drudging through hateful comments can definitely make a negative impact on your mental health, reading kind comments out loud could act as an antidote. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, 20 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Samuel Johnson used similar language—harmless drudge—to describe the lexicographer who compiles a dictionary. Alexandra Horowitz, The Atlantic, 16 Mar. 2022 As any power-walker, commuter or chore drudge could tell you, the podcast is the multitasker’s best friend. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2021 It’s a Cinderella story, minus everything but the drudge and the stepmother. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Chances are, you’ve been told to do all your high-level creative tasks in the morning and to save the boring drudge work (like answering emails) until later in the day. Pia Silva, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 This type of automation can also lead to a better employee experience as drudge work slides off their plates. Gil Allouche, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 His subsequent doldrums include encounters with the Greys, conformist drudges who dress in black and white and often plod around with their eyes glued to their phones. Washington Post, 29 July 2019 Buy Photo Is automation destroying familiar jobs, reducing drudge work, collecting more information than anyone expected, and opening opportunities? Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, 2 July 2018 Sure, a competent operating person would be nice, to offload some of the drudge work. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of drudge


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drudge


Middle English druggen

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“Drudge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drudge. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of drudge

: a person who does hard or dull work

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