Definition of drub in English:



[with object]
  • 1Hit or beat (someone) repeatedly.

    ‘he was drubbed with tiresome regularity by his classmates’
    • ‘With each flash a great jolt drubbed me till I thought my bones would break.’
    hit, strike, knock, thump, thwack, jab, cuff, clip, smash, slam, welt
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1informal Defeat thoroughly in a match or contest.
      ‘the Cleveland Indians drubbed Baltimore 9–0’
      • ‘The World Champion became only the fifth man to hold UK and World Championships in the same year as he drubbed Ken Doherty 10-1 in the final at the Barbican Centre.’
      • ‘But on the other hand, it isn't good entertainment to see the same side getting drubbed again and again and again.’
      • ‘Halladay implied some criticism of his game-calling after the Orioles drubbed him last Friday.’
      • ‘Kandia's young reserves managed half that tally, drubbing their Empire opponents 5-1.’
      • ‘In 1999, Crowley repeated the feat, this time drubbing Collins.’
      • ‘Terrell had climbed the ladder thanks to a three-way shoot-out victory over Australia's Maxine Nable and Robin Crawford, but Kulick drubbed her, 256-185, to advance to the final.’
      • ‘Ben Franklin drubs Thomas Jefferson in the race to be our nation's foremost Renaissance man.’
      • ‘He was drubbed defensively, allowing six points by Denver's Kenyon Martin in the first four minutes.’
      • ‘But no-one really understood that Mauger was the missing ingredient until he returned to the side that drubbed the Springboks 52-16 in the opening Tri-Nations match.’


Early 17th century: probably from Arabic ḍaraba ‘to beat, bastinado’. The first recorded uses in English are by travellers in the Near East referring specifically to the punishment of bastinado.