Definition of trudge in English:



  • no object, with adverbial of direction Walk slowly and with heavy steps, typically because of exhaustion or harsh conditions.

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

    ‘he began the long trudge back to Stokenchurch Street’
    • ‘Just in case, she kept her pace a fine degree between a weary trudge and a brisk hike.’
    • ‘Our trudge through the neighborhood is not quiet at all.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, she put one foot in front of the other numbing herself to the pain and commenced her trudge.’
    • ‘He turned and began his long trudge down the road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She began her trudge back, dragging her feet toward the castle.’
    • ‘My stalking slowed to a defeated trudge and my shoulders drooped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As she walked, a spring began to overtake her trudge.’
    • ‘But for those still making the daily trudge to the office, what has actually changed in the last few years?’
    • ‘But his long stay at the crease, followed by his slow trudge off the field, was too much for the match referee.’
    • ‘Then we wandered around the market, before munching on some ice-cream and beginning the long trudge back to the car.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Walking from and to the car parked a block away was an arduous 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 let out a sigh and started his trudge down the hall to the right toward the office.’
    • ‘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.’


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