\ 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

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Other Words from drudge


drudger noun

Examples of drudge in a Sentence


factory workers who must drudge all day at repetitive tasks


She was tired of working as an office drudge. worked like a drudge at a low-paying job that had few benefits
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As ambitious Jim heads east, Ántonia is a disgraced, unmarried mother drudging on the farm for a churlish brother. Robert Garnett, WSJ, "Rooted in America’s Heartland," 14 Sep. 2018 So spare a thought on Tuesday for the half-million teenagers drudging through derivatives. James Markarian, WSJ, "Who Needs Calculus? Not High-Schoolers," 14 May 2018 The defense tried to discredit Constand and the other women, attacking their credibility and drudging up their past misbehaviors. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault," 26 Apr. 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, "Internet Stars Read Instagram Comments Out Loud," 20 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By any reasonable standard, this was what drudge called a hell week for the President. Fox News, "Bill Bennett on McCain, warts and all," 27 Aug. 2018 Sure, a competent operating person would be nice, to offload some of the drudge work. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Where in the World Is Larry Page?," 30 Dec. 2018 Buy Photo Is automation destroying familiar jobs, reducing drudge work, collecting more information than anyone expected, and opening opportunities? Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "America's robot future: Rajant celebrates new HQ, plans for growth," 2 July 2018 The tennis salon’s comparison of Federer’s evolved beauty to Nadal’s Neanderthal drudge was—and remains—equal parts unfair and crass. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "'Strokes of Genius' Documentary Commemorates the Iconic Federer-Nadal '08 Wimbledon Final," 26 June 2018 Wendy’s also is trying to drop the drudge of cleaning bacon grease off ovens. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Short of Workers, Fast-Food Restaurants Turn to Robots," 24 June 2018 Now, the hippie's disappointment is back, rebranded as the stressed-out modern office drudge's salvation. Lavanya Ramanathan, chicagotribune.com, "CBD is cannabis that won't get you high. So why are so many people using it?," 30 Mar. 2018 Quincy, who also enjoys playing the drums, said training isn't a drudge. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Memorial Junior High School student Harris is second-ranked boxer in United States; has Olympic goal," 9 Feb. 2018 Blake Bortles needs a lifeline, a safety vest, perhaps a hand up, to pull himself from the drudge of a career implosion. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Blake Bortles, once a franchise QB, fights for NFL career," 24 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of drudge

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


\ ˈdrəj How to pronounce drudge (audio) \

Kids Definition of drudge

: a person who does hard or dull work

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