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

  • transitive v. To thrash with a stick.
  • transitive v. To instill forcefully: drubbed the lesson into my head.
  • transitive v. To defeat soundly.
  • transitive v. To berate harshly.
  • transitive v. To stamp (the feet).
  • intransitive v. To beat the ground; stamp.
  • intransitive v. To pound; throb.
  • n. A blow with a heavy instrument, such as a stick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to beat (someone or something) with a stick
  • v. to forcefully teach something
  • v. to defeat someone soundly; to annihilate or crush
  • v. to criticize harshly; to excoriate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A blow with a cudgel; a thump.
  • transitive v. To beat with a stick; to thrash; to cudgel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat with a stick; cudgel; belabor; thrash; beat in general.
  • n. A blow with a stick or cudgel; a thump; a knock.

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

  • v. beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight


Perhaps Arabic dialectal ḍrab, from ḍaraba, to hit; see Ṣ́rb in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1625, originally a dialectal word (Kent) drab, variant of drop, dryp, drib ("to beat"), from Middle English drepen (preterit drop, drap, drape ("to strike, kill")) from Old English drepan ("to strike"), from Proto-Germanic *drepanan (“to beat, bump, strike, slay”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhrebh- (“to strike, crush, kill”). Akin to Old Frisian drop ("a blow, beat"), Old High German treffan ("to hit"), Old Norse drepa ("to strike, slay, kill"). Compare also dub. More at drape. (Wiktionary)



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