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

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

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 The version of France that trudged the group stage was instead a dull and repetitive defensive unit. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France Puts It All Together to Advance to World Cup Semifinals," 6 July 2018 Even for winter hiking, where trees and terrain break up the wind, hikers spend a lot of time trudging with jackets unzipped and hoping for more ventilation in wet snow, when temperatures fluctuate around 30 or so degrees. Matt Jancer, Outside Online, "A Eulogy to the Sierra Designs Ultralight Trench," 12 June 2018 Toohey spent nearly four months trudging up four flights of stairs daily — and took one nasty fall — before a charity funded by billionaire Warren Buffett stepped in. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Why today’s car keys cost so much," 9 Apr. 2018 But after cruising past the closed booth where entrance fees are usually collected, the Lees were soon trudging through the snow on a boardwalk leading to one of the park's famous thermal features. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "New Orleans, Baton Rouge among the 'Best Small Cities', says National Geographic," 21 Jan. 2018 On the opposite side of the pitch, Hierro hid his head in his hands and slowly trudged back to the dugout. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Cristiano Ronaldo Ensures Spain’s Grand World Cup Experiment Gets Off to Rocky Start," 15 June 2018 Gibson stayed in his suite, Randy Newman remained quiet, the crowd fell silent, and the Dodgers turned their backs and trudged away with a 1-0 loss that felt like 10-0. Bill Plaschke, latimes.com, "Dodgers opening day loss seemed awfully familiar," 30 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Instead the flashes seared on Dodgers’ fans memories will be of downcast heads and slow trudges off the field. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "Dodgers' Dream Season Crashes at the Finish Line: 'I Feel Like We Were the Best Team'," 2 Nov. 2017 But if the risk of a precipitous plunge is now safely in the rear view, a trudge through confusing terrain remains ahead as Britain pushes on toward Europe’s exits — or Brexit. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "In Raising Rates, Britain’s Central Bank Issues ‘Brexit’ Warning," 2 Nov. 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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