Definition of drudge in English:



  • A person made to do hard menial or dull work.

    ‘I felt like a household drudge’
    • ‘Put a few good men into corporations, and they become dull, soulless, humourless drudges given to tossing the word ‘defamatory’ around for no good reason.’
    • ‘At no point in the story, therefore, is Pip set to be a drudge or a wage slave, though he has nothing of the gentleman about him.’
    • ‘Anna is a drudge, helping out at a nursery and running around her lazy father and little brother.’
    • ‘And while that is clearly progress, I fear we may simply be swapping one class of exploited drudges for another, as more and more double - income couples ease their hectic schedules by engaging hired help.’
    • ‘Others live on as hard-working priests or clerical drudges, or as the family man next door or at the next desk.’
    • ‘A lunchbox tells the world that one is a cautious drudge.’
    • ‘Modern girls, jaded with Charlotte, the domestic drudge, turned to the more exciting Emily for inspiration.’
    • ‘Should we see them as dreary drudges, blind to the creativity of the Shakespeares and Hemingways who are taking the test?’
    • ‘Engraving is often described as a slow and laborious process, and its practitioners as drudges, but this is misleading.’
    • ‘They were necessary drudges, to be kept firmly in their subordinate places.’
    • ‘I felt myself very much the household drudge, and Stephen was getting all the glittering prizes.’
    • ‘His special cruelty is expended on Smike, a half-witted lad left on his hands and employed as a drudge.’
    • ‘It seemed very out of place in the normal crowd of Saturday morning grocery store drudges.’
    • ‘Saber opened the tall, ancient wooden doors with a flamboyant push, and stepped in, ready to bestow his declaration upon the inferior drudge currently polishing the hardwood floor of the room.’
    • ‘The image of the doting mother replaced that of the domestic drudge.’
    • ‘Unlucky, you may labor under the control of a drudge.’
    • ‘You have actually started to enjoy being a workaholic drudge.’
    • ‘Gradually I became the drudge and, what's more, accepted my role as a kind of second-class citizen.’
    • ‘Tapestries, to me, had always been dim and dowdy things ravaged by time that no one but an academic drudge could like.’
    • ‘The orphaned Cinderella is the household drudge for her wicked stepmother and stepsisters.’
    menial, menial worker, slave, galley slave, toiler, lackey
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[no object]archaic
  • Do hard menial work.

    ‘her husband was drudging in the smoke of London’
    • ‘I am drudging at the writing table.’
    work hard, labour, work one's fingers to the bone, work like a Trojan, work like a dog, work day and night, exert oneself, keep at it, keep one's nose to the grindstone, grind away, slave away, grub away, plough away, plod away
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Middle English (as a noun): of unknown origin; perhaps related to drag.