trudge

1 of 2

verb

trudged; trudging

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to trudge along or over
trudger noun

trudge

2 of 2

noun

: a long tiring walk : tramp

Examples of trudge in a Sentence

Verb I was trudging through the snow. She trudged up the hill. Noun a trudge across the snow
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
For me, that moment came after trudging up Ryan Mountain (34°00′09.25″N, 116°08′09.38″W), a 2.9-mile trail with an elevation gain of 1,069 feet. Maggie Downs, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Inside, her nephew, Bohdan, 25, and his friend Artem, also 25, trudged through the yard, chopping firewood. Serhiy Morgunov, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2024 Last winter, heavy snow forced technicians to trudge through deep drifts to maintain sensitive equipment, while the domes stayed shut for weeks. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, 22 Jan. 2024 Even as the year comes to an end, some of these legislative efforts continue to trudge their way forward. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 28 Dec. 2023 As the Chiefs poured on to the field — and red and yellow confetti poured from cannons — the 49ers trudged off it, absorbing their second punch-to-the-gut Super Bowl loss to Kansas City in five years. Billy Witz, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Troconis is currently on trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford, as hearings that began in January trudge onward and the prosecution presents its case in meticulous detail. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 8 Feb. 2024 Kershaw trudged quietly out of Dodger Stadium that October night after giving up six runs to the first eight Arizona Diamondbacks hitters in a nightmarish playoff opener, his pitiful appearance draped with the saddest of questions. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Bills Mafia Nice showing from a crew that trudged through the snow to get a frigid viewing of a playoff conquest. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024
Noun
Another of Koenig’s lyrical preoccupations—surely not unrelated—is the unstoppable trudge of time. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 The songs, previously light and amusing, become thick and grating, and the dances, by Raja Feather Kelly, become trudges. Jesse Green, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024 Daddy picks up the larger solar panel and trudges back to his outdoor laboratory. Jonah Gercke, SPIN, 15 Mar. 2024 The park is home to the Texas State Bison Herd, which dots the landscape and trudges across 10,000 acres. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2024 The music never gets very loud or very soft, fast, or high: The mood is politely mournful, the pace a frequently funereal trudge. An Epic Set, Vulture, 16 Jan. 2024 Although Aspen is both an all-year town, as January trudges on, Vogue has compiled our favorite local haunts and buzzy hangouts for the season. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 10 Jan. 2024 Our lead, Joe Rance (Callum Turner), trudges to campus from a Hooverville; later, the coach Al Ulbrickson (Joel Edgerton), pokes around his crew’s lockers to count the holes in their shoes. Amy Nicholson, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2023 Some homes are cloaked in blue construction tarps, signaling a slow trudge forward, but many more remain in shambles. Anumita Kaur, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

origin unknown

First Known Use

Verb

1547, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trudge was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Trudge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trudge. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

trudge

1 of 2 verb
trudged; trudging
: to walk or march steadily and usually with much effort
trudged through deep snow
trudger noun

trudge

2 of 2 noun
: a long tiring walk : tramp

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