Definitions

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

  • n. A heavy felted fabric of wool or wool and cotton, used as a floor covering.
  • n. A coarse rug of this fabric, made in India.
  • n. A fabric woven wholly or partly of wool, formerly used for clothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inexpensive coarse woolen cloth, used as a covering for finer carpets, as a layer between the carpet and the floor, or as a cheap floor covering on its own.
  • n. A floor covering made of drugget.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coarse woolen cloth dyed of one color or printed on one side; generally used as a covering for carpets.
  • n. By extension, any material used for the same purpose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coarse woolen material, felted or woven, either of one color or printed on one side, and used as a protection for a carpet, as a carpet-lining, or, especially in summer, as a rug or carpet, generally covering only the middle portion of a floor. A finer fabric of the same sort is used for table-and piano-covers.
  • n. A striped woolen or woolen and cotton fabric, commonly twilled, formerly used in some parts of Great Britain, especially for wome's clothing.

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

  • n. a rug made of a coarse fabric having a cotton warp and a wool filling

Etymologies

French droguet, probably from drogue, drug, worthless object; see drug.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French droguet, from drogue ("cheap"), from Dutch droog, from Proto-Germanic *draugiz. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A manufactory has been established for coarse woollen blanketing or rugs, and coarse linen called drugget; a linen of a very good quality has also been produced, which has been disposed of to settlers, etc. and issued from the stores to those who labour for the crown.

    The Present Picture of New South Wales (1811)

  • They make cloth, all cotton; cloth of cotton warp and wool filling called drugget; dimity, a heavy cotton used for coverlets; a yarn jean which has wool warp and filling, and cotton jean which is cotton warp and wool filling; homespun is a heavy cloth, of cotton and wool mixed.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • This the Dutch have lately contrived to mix with their wool, and weave into a sort of drugget, that is not only warm, but wonderfully light and soft.

    The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published

  • These six months are a modification: the rule says all the year, but this drugget chemise, intolerable in the heat of summer, produced fevers and nervous spasms.

    Les Miserables

  • So we covered the bales with our cloaks and garments and drugget and canvas, lest they be spoiled by the rain, and betook ourselves to prayer and supplication to Almighty

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The stairs were carpeted with a strip of dark blue drugget held down by irons.

    Farthing

  • It was not carpeted, but there was a piece of drugget some three yards long spread before the fireplace.

    Castle Richmond

  • At last a match did burn up, and its flame lit up for a moment the fur of his coat, his hand with the gold ring on the bent forefinger, and the snow-sprinkled oat-straw that stuck out from under the drugget.

    Master and Man

  • Having got the drugget he folded it in two, and after taking off the breechband and pad, covered Mukhorty with it.

    Master and Man

  • As soon as he had jumped off, the horse struggled to his feet, plunged forward, gave one leap and another, neighed again, and dragging the drugget and the breechband after him, disappeared, leaving Vasili Andreevich alone on the snow-drift.

    Master and Man

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  • JM ruminates on the rustic craft of drugget making and suggests a coarse course is the cause of course.

    August 29, 2010

  • I first assumed this referred to Lindsay Lohan and her ilk. The actual meaning is so much nicer.

    April 13, 2010

  • "Since carpeting was usually one of the most expensive household acquisitions, crumb cloths ... or druggets were often laid under the dining table to protect against spills."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 61

    April 13, 2010

  • "...the drugget on the stairs was sprinkled with it, all the way down to the floor below..."
    --James L. Swanson, Manhunt: The 12-Day Search for Lincoln's Killer, 70

    May 29, 2008