trudge

verb
\ˈtrəj \
trudged; trudging

Definition of trudge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to walk or march steadily and usually laboriously trudged through deep snow

transitive verb

: to trudge along or over

trudge

noun

Definition of trudge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long tiring walk : tramp

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Other Words from trudge

Verb

trudger noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for trudge

Synonyms: Verb

barge, clump, flog [British], flounder, galumph, lumber, lump, plod, pound, scuff, scuffle, shamble, shuffle, slog, slough, stamp, stomp, stumble, stump, tramp, tromp

Antonyms: Verb

breeze, coast, glide, slide, waltz, whisk

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Examples of trudge in a Sentence

Verb

I was trudging through the snow. She trudged up the hill.

Noun

a trudge across the snow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

People trudged by carrying bags upon bags upon bags. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "I Witnessed the Future of Retail. I Didn’t Like What I Saw," 9 Nov. 2018 Los Angeles Times — Watch as Oprah trudges through shin-deep mud after powerful rainstorm pummels her neighborhood. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "Essential California: Montecito death toll rises to 17 as rescuers search for survivors," 11 Jan. 2018 Flooding in the area surrounding City Dock forced visitors to trudge through water when making their way to boats and between booths. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Annapolis Boat Show will 'rise above' after flooding during last year's event," 7 July 2018 Andrea Previously in my life, my definition of strength was to keep going, to trudge through no matter what. Nora Whelan, SELF, "Everyday Athletes Talk About What Strength Means to Them," 26 June 2018 Football has more players, covered in armor, fighting in the trenches and trudging across a vast field. John Branch, New York Times, "Why the N.F.L. and the N.B.A. Are So Far Apart on Social Justice Stances," 22 June 2018 Traffic speeds east and west three or four lanes wide beside the narrowest of shoulders, while on abutting sidewalks, pedestrians are encountered as rarely as dromedaries trudging across empty stretches of Sahara. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "Fly On, My Sleek Electric Bird," 30 May 2018 Ask yourself: Would the Roman Empire have existed if the legions took centuries or more to trudge to Germania every time the troublesome Alemanni crossed the Rhine? Seth Shostak /, NBC News, "If space aliens are out there, why haven't we found them?," 11 June 2018 O’Keefe moped on the curb outside the school for a while before picking herself up and trudging along down Marguerite Drive, toward home. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, "‘My killer was never found’: Police live tweet a murdered girl’s last day alive in 1973," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And later on, what should have been a 10-minute walk through the village of Ouchi-juku—a row of thatched huts and igloos—turned into a 30-minute trudge. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Behind him there are hordes of models with that disturbing heavy-heeled trudge. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Casting Director’s Zombie Walk Just Won New York Fashion Week," 14 Sep. 2018 Partly to blame is the movie March of The Penguins, which proposed that the penguins’ annual trudge across the ice flows is somehow an epic love story. National Geographic, "What You Think You Know About Animals? Probably Not True," 26 May 2018 Ordinary sounds are jacked up to a paranoid pitch; when Joe takes a jelly bean and squeezes it, there is a granular crunch, and his trudge along a dusty track is as resonant as the march of a platoon. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "“You Were Never Really Here” and “A Quiet Place”," 30 Mar. 2018 In both cases, old debt was as important as new competition, with the trudge toward failure traceable to the prerecession years of the mid-2000s, when debt was all the rage among homeowners, banks, and private equity dealmakers. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "How long did it take to forget the financial crisis’s lessons? About 10 years," 15 Mar. 2018 After all, the temperature hung in the 20s all day and the grey skies overhead turned Saturday into another dreary trudge through the thick of winter. cleveland.com, "Slovenian festival warms Cleveland with fuzzy monsters, ethnic pride (photos)," 11 Feb. 2018 Thousands of demonstrators, harassed by snow flurries and sleet, trudge along a downtown boulevard fringed by gaudy shops and shout epithets into the night. Glen Johnson, latimes.com, "Romanians protest 'thieves in the night' — but government won't rein in corruption," 26 Dec. 2017 Their 2015 full-length Qliphoth (Halo of Flies) howls from frantic hardcore head snapping to doom trudge, pausing in the middle for an ambient touch. Noah Berlatsky, Chicago Reader, "Cloud Rat’s grind punk is versatile, pissed-off, and heavy," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of trudge

Verb

1547, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trudge

Verb

origin unknown

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More Definitions for trudge

trudge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trudge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk slowly and heavily because you are tired or working very hard

trudge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trudge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long, slow walk that makes you tired

trudge

verb
\ˈtrəj \
trudged; trudging

Kids Definition of trudge

: to walk or march steadily and usually with much effort She trudged through the snow.

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