Definition of trudgen in US English:



  • A swimming stroke like the crawl with a scissors movement of the legs.

    • ‘The trudgen stroke is a key link in the evolution of strokes from the breaststroke to the crawl.’
    • ‘John Trudgen developed the hand-over-hand stroke, then named the trudgen.’
    • ‘The efficiency of the evolving speed strokes - overarm sidestroke, trudgen and, later, the crawl stroke-could now be tested more accurately and scientifically.’
    • ‘The strokes swum on the back include back stroke or back crawl, elementary backstroke, inverted breaststroke, inverted butterfly, back double trudgen, flutter back finning and feet first swimming.’
    • ‘Freestyle in those days was the trudgen, an alternating overarm stroke with a scissors kick.’


Late 19th century: named after John Trudgen (1852–1902), English swimmer.