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drudge

verb \ ˈdrəj \

Definition of drudge

drudged; drudging
intransitive verb
: to do hard, menial, or monotonous work
transitive verb
: to force to do hard, menial, or monotonous work

drudger

noun

Examples of drudge in a Sentence

  1. factory workers who must drudge all day at repetitive tasks

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Origin and Etymology of drudge

Middle English druggen

drudge Synonyms

Synonyms
bang away, beaver (away), dig (away), labor, endeavor, fag, grub, hump, hustle, moil, peg (away), plod, plow, plug, slave, slog, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, travail, tug, work
Related Words
apply (oneself), buckle (down), dig in, hammer (away), knuckle down, pitch in; attack, drive; essay, try; exercise, exert, overexert, overwork; eke out, grind (out), put out, scrabble, scratch; trudge, wade
Near Antonyms
break, ease (up), let up, slacken; bum, chill, dally, dillydally, footle, goldbrick, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), idle, laze, loaf, lounge, shirk, slack (off), veg out; bask, loll, relax, repose, rest, unwind; dabble, doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang, hang about [British], mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle

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drudge

noun

Definition of drudge

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

Examples of drudge in a Sentence

  1. She was tired of working as an office drudge.

  2. worked like a drudge at a low-paying job that had few benefits

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First Known Use of drudge

15th century

drudge Synonyms


DRUDGE Defined for English Language Learners

drudge

noun

Definition of drudge for English Language Learners

  • : a person who does boring, difficult, or unpleasant work


DRUDGE Defined for Kids

drudge

noun \ ˈdrəj \

Definition of drudge for Students

: a person who does hard or dull work


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