Definition of drudge in English:



  • A person made to do hard menial or dull work:

    ‘she was little more than a drudge round the house’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gradually I became the drudge and, what's more, accepted my role as a kind of second-class citizen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Engraving is often described as a slow and laborious process, and its practitioners as drudges, but this is misleading.’
    • ‘The image of the doting mother replaced that of the domestic drudge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anna is a drudge, helping out at a nursery and running around her lazy father and little brother.’
    • ‘A lunchbox tells the world that one is a cautious drudge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tapestries, to me, had always been dim and dowdy things ravaged by time that no one but an academic drudge could like.’
    • ‘Unlucky, you may labor under the control of a drudge.’
    • ‘You have actually started to enjoy being a workaholic drudge.’
    • ‘The orphaned Cinderella is the household drudge for her wicked stepmother and stepsisters.’
    • ‘They were necessary drudges, to be kept firmly in their subordinate places.’
    • ‘It seemed very out of place in the normal crowd of Saturday morning grocery store drudges.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Others live on as hard-working priests or clerical drudges, or as the family man next door or at the next desk.’
    menial, menial worker, slave, galley slave, toiler, lackey
    servant, labourer, hack, worker, maid of all work, man of all work, houseboy, factotum, hewer of wood and drawer of water
    skivvy, dogsbody, gofer, running dog, runner
    charwoman, charlady, char
    scullion, servitor
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[NO OBJECT]archaic
  • Do hard menial work:

    ‘her husband was drudging in the smoke of London’
    • ‘I am drudging at the writing table.’
    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.