Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who does tedious, menial, or unpleasant work.
  • intransitive v. To do tedious, unpleasant, or menial work.
  • n. Chesapeake Bay Variant of dredge1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who works in a low servile job.
  • n. Someone who works for (and may be taken advantage of by) someone else.
  • v. to labour in (or as in) a low servile job

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who drudges; one who works hard in servile employment; a mental servant.
  • intransitive v. To perform menial work; to labor in mean or unpleasant offices with toil and fatigue.
  • transitive v. To consume laboriously; -- with away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To work hard, especially at servile, mechanical, or uninteresting work; labor in tedious, dragging tasks; labor with toil and fatigue, and without interest.
  • To harrow.
  • n. One who toils, especially at servile or mechanical labor; one who labors hard in servile or uninteresting employments; a spiritless toiler.
  • n. A large rake.
  • n. A dredge.
  • n. Whisky in the raw state, as used in the manufacture of alcohol.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who works hard at boring tasks
  • v. work hard
  • n. a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

Etymologies

From Middle English druggen, to labor; akin to Old English drēogan, to work, suffer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Yet if some antiquated lady say,
    The last age is not copied in his play;
    Heaven help the man who for that face must drudge,
    Which only has the wrinkles of a judge.

    - John Dryden, 'All for Love'.

    September 20, 2009

  • The Drudge expends her life in mopping
    In emptying and filling pails
    She will do so, never stopping,
    Until her strength entirely fails


    -Edward Gorey

    April 15, 2009