Definition of drudge in English:


Pronunciation /drəj/ /drədʒ/

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  • 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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intransitive verb

[no object]archaic
  • Do hard, menial, or dull work.

    ‘her husband was drudging in the smoke of London’
    • ‘They needed a reason for drudging through practices with no hope for a postseason.’
    • ‘Jim volunteered to do the dishes, giving Blair more time to drudge through the rest of the test papers.’
    • ‘He was for a time obliged by poverty to drudge as a parliamentary reporter.’
    • ‘In the most memorable of all, Larkin questions a 13-year-old boy sent up from the country by his impoverished parents to drudge in a Rangoon tea shop for four dollars a month.’
    • ‘After an unhappy childhood and some years drudging in London, Ireland liberated Trollope from asthma and gave him the impetus to start writing.’
    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.