\ ˈtrəj How to pronounce trudge (audio) \
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



Definition of trudge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long tiring walk : tramp

Other Words from trudge


trudger noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for trudge

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Adam joins his father for a two-week leg of the journey; the men trudge along the highway, camp in the woods, seeing one another as individuals. Jay Bennett, Outside Online, 15 May 2015 Neil trudge around was almost as uncomfortable as listening to him try to sing. Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2022 The Japanese government's decision to trudge forward with the Olympics was not a popular one at home. Aditi Sangal, CNN, 26 July 2021 There’s a message in there for Hollywood: Don’t go back to the vault and trudge up any old movie in the hopes of reaping massive box office riches. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 30 May 2022 The next morning, with a full moon still hanging in the sky, workers in Carhartts and muddy work boots trudge into The Corner Post gas station to fuel up for another day in the oil patch. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2022 In the Off-Road mode with ESP on, the EQS SUV limits wheelspin on wet ground; with ESP off, the vehicle permits the kind of copious slip necessary to trudge through sand. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 19 Apr. 2022 This isn’t the first time fans have regrettably hit the road early to avoid the painful and often long trudge to a seemingly inevitable loss. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 Every parent has watched their child trudge off to school with a backpack over their shoulders. Bill Goodykoontz, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The postpandemic recovery has been an uphill trudge for art house theaters and smaller chains. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 Police had sealed off the pedestrian pass with barricades; people could move through only a narrow corridor, in a slow, steady trudge. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2022 One year in and Biden has had to deal with almost unprecedented catastrophe: a global pandemic, a country divided over vaccine and mask mandates, economic decline and the slow trudge back to fiscal and functioning normalcy. Kate Bennett, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 Write into this moment and find the ending, which will include the long trudge back up the hill and entering into a kitchen—warm, with the window steamed, the smell of tuna casserole—as if entering another world. David Means, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 The slow trudge toward self-improvement might also be one reason to not rush into nabbing a booster shot. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 2021 And officers compete savagely for parking passes to shorten the trudge through Langley's Disneyland-style parking lot. David Mccloskey, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, thousands of Bruins fans sat frozen in the cool night air, holding their heads in their hands as their team made its familiar losing trudge into the tunnel. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2021 Starting a third of the way to the crater, the steepness of the trail slowed everyone’s pace to a meditative trudge. Heidi Julavit, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of trudge


1547, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trudge


origin unknown

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29 Jul 2022

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More Definitions for trudge


\ ˈtrəj How to pronounce trudge (audio) \
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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