Definition of trudge in English:



  • Walk slowly and with heavy steps, typically because of exhaustion or harsh conditions:

    ‘I trudged up the stairs’
    ‘she trudged through blinding snow’
    • ‘All along the path to the park, we passed people wearily trudging back.’
    • ‘But nevertheless, she left the room and trudged up the stairs to the ship's deck.’
    • ‘With heavy steps he trudged over to the open cell door where the guard waited.’
    • ‘I got up and we all walked out of the music room and trudged to the front gate in silence.’
    • ‘Slipping on a red plaid robe over her nightgown, Lydie slowly trudged to the front door.’
    • ‘Surveyors, trudging barefoot through the mud, stuck flags into the soggy earth marking the city limits.’
    • ‘Gwyn continued trudging across the sands as the last rays of light slowly faded to purple streaks across the sky.’
    • ‘He pulled on a pair of dark jeans, and trudged down the stairs, grumbling about it being so early.’
    • ‘Snow was everywhere, and we trudged through a blizzard to pick up our snowboards.’
    • ‘We trudged up a long flight of stone steps to the highest point in the village.’
    • ‘A half an hour later, they were trudging up a snow covered hill, breathing heavily.’
    • ‘After dinner Sandra cleaned her plate and then trudged back up the stairs to her room.’
    • ‘She then trudged up the three steps to the main door and rang the doorbell.’
    • ‘The family watched them as they trudged exhaustedly towards the nearest pulsating camp fire.’
    • ‘I pressed my nose to the window to watch our new postman trudging up the hill, head down against the wind and rain.’
    • ‘My husband was waiting for me in the outer hall and together we started trudging through the thick snow.’
    • ‘He'd only driven a few yards down the road when he saw Sienna trudging along slowly.’
    • ‘She gave a heavy sigh and trudged off toward the front gate of her school.’
    • ‘As I drove onto the downtown exit ramp, an exhausted black woman trudged towards me, her head down.’
    • ‘Members trudged bravely through the snow for the January meeting, those snowed in sent their apologies.’
    plod, tramp, drag oneself, walk heavily, walk slowly, plough, slog, footslog, toil, trek, clump, clomp, lumber
    traipse, galumph
    yomp, trog
    View synonyms


  • A difficult or laborious walk:

    ‘he began the long trudge back to Stokenchurch Street’
    • ‘Our trudge through the neighborhood is not quiet at all.’
    • ‘But his long stay at the crease, followed by his slow trudge off the field, was too much for the match referee.’
    • ‘She began her trudge back, dragging her feet toward the castle.’
    • ‘It is within sight of the main platform of the train station but inaccessible except by car or a long trudge down suburban streets.’
    • ‘The trudge over open territory in the middle of daylight would have horrified any tactical or strategic planner in the Marine Corps.’
    • ‘Even when the lido opens, the cafe often stays shut or displays a sign ‘No food today due to staff shortages’, meaning a long trudge back into town just to buy a sandwich!’
    • ‘Just in case, she kept her pace a fine degree between a weary trudge and a brisk hike.’
    • ‘Connor had managed, at some point in his apathetic trudge across town, to get himself in front of a bar and order several large whiskeys.’
    • ‘In the stiffly rugged heaviness of the shoes there is the accumulated tenacity of the slow trudge through the far-spreading and ever-uniform furrows of the field swept by a raw wind.’
    • ‘As she walked, a spring began to overtake her trudge.’
    • ‘My poles and skis were attached to my pack and the downward trudge began as I suffered.’
    • ‘Is it really worth the trudge up to the voting booth?’
    • ‘He laughs as he recalls a particularly arduous day on location, trying to take some gear off a make-up girl for a long trudge up a hillside for the next scene, and being told off for it.’
    • ‘He let out a sigh and started his trudge down the hall to the right toward the office.’
    • ‘Then we wandered around the market, before munching on some ice-cream and beginning the long trudge back to the car.’
    • ‘My stalking slowed to a defeated trudge and my shoulders drooped.’
    • ‘But for those still making the daily trudge to the office, what has actually changed in the last few years?’
    • ‘He turned and began his long trudge down the road.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, she put one foot in front of the other numbing herself to the pain and commenced her trudge.’
    • ‘Walking from and to the car parked a block away was an arduous trudge.’


Mid 16th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.