drudge

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drudge work hard "She was digging away at her math homework","Lexicographers drudge all day long"
    • n drudge a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
    • n drudge one who works hard at boring tasks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Drudge One who drudges; one who works hard in servile employment; a mental servant.
    • v. t Drudge To consume laboriously; -- with away. "Rise to our toils and drudge away the day."
    • v. i Drudge To perform menial work; to labor in mean or unpleasant offices with toil and fatigue. "He gradually rose in the estimation of the booksellers for whom he drudged ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • drudge To work hard, especially at servile, mechanical, or uninteresting work; labor in tedious, dragging tasks; labor with toil and fatigue, and without interest.
    • n drudge One who toils, especially at servile or mechanical labor; one who labors hard in servile or uninteresting employments; a spiritless toiler.
    • n drudge A large rake.
    • n drudge A dredge.
    • drudge To harrow.
    • n drudge Whisky in the raw state, as used in the manufacture of alcohol.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Drudge druj to work hard: to do very mean work
    • n Drudge one who works hard: a slave: a menial servant
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Quotations

  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.”
  • Robertson Davies
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    “He types his labored column -- weary drudge! Senile fudge and solemn: spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn.”
  • Robertson Davies
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    “A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. druggen,; prob not akin to E. drag, v. t., but fr. Celtic; cf. Ir. drugaire, a slave or drudge

Usage

In literature:

He thought of Mary Isabel as unofficial drudge to Ella Kemble and her family.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Jessamine found herself in the position of maid-of-all-work and kitchen drudge for board and clothes.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He is probably drudging over his desk at this moment; but Madame is of another mould.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
Today with rural electrification the mountain woman ceases to be a drudge.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
This is good news, boys, for, oh, how tired I am of drudging on here for nothing!
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
Dressed like a peasant as she was, he instinctively felt that here was no ordinary farmer's drudge.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
It is not I who drudge; it is merely the case that contains me.
"Daughters of the Puritans" by Seth Curtis Beach
Was he still to drudge at books?
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
What's the use of existing if you have to drudge continually for your bread, and must eat even that in debt half the time?
"The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
He was simply making a slave and a drudge of her.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
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In poetry:

"Many who drudge in Labour's roughest ways,
By whom Life's simplest, lowliest walks are trod,
Happily live, to honor'd length of days,
Blessing kind Nature, and kind Nature's God."
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
A camel-driver, angry with his drudge,
Beating him, called him hunchback; to the hind
Thus spake a dervish: 'Friend, the Eternal Judge
Dooms not his work, but ours, the crooked mind.'
"Sayings" by James Russell Lowell
Your life will be above the common herd, I trow,
You will not toil and drudge as they are doing now:
Success attend your steps; a word I would not say
To chill your warmest hopes, or shade your sunny way.
"Advice To An Ambitious Youth" by John Henry Kimble
Though skilled in Latin and in Greek,
And earning fifty cents a week,
Such knowledge, and the income, too,
Should teach you better what to do:
The meanest drudges, kept in pay,
Can pocket fifty cents a day.
"To A New England Poet" by Philip Morin Freneau
As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient song of Bread;
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew—
Yes, bread we fight for—but we fight for Roses, too.
"Bread And Roses" by James Oppenheim
As we come marching, marching, we bring the Greater Days—
The rising of the women means the rising of the race—
No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes—
But sharing of life's glories: Bread and Roses, Bread and Roses!
"Bread And Roses" by James Oppenheim

In news:

I'm starting to think that the prevalence of "flash mob"/mugging stories in the local media has a lot to do with the Drudge Report.
A few weeks ago, people on Twitter were talking about how much traffic the Drudge Report drives to news sites.
The Drudge Report Drives More Top News Traffic than Twitter or Facebook, Study Finds.
Bob Cordtz, the 'Matt Drudge of Pleasanton,' dies at age 85 OpinionPleasanton.com producer, he ran for mayor in 2000.
FTC dodges Drudge Tax questions.
The Drudge Report, that right-leaning granddaddy of online rumor mills and news aggregators, is being blamed today—along with some other popular websites—for spreading a host of viruses to its readers.
It's Always Snowing on the Drudge Report.
Never fear, Matt Drudge will post a link.
Cybercolumnist Matt Drudge has been canceled by ABC Radio, which in July 1999 signed him to host his own radio show over the objections of ABC News President David Westin.
Drudge 's show ran on Sunday nights.
Drudge Deputy to Pen Metaphorically Explosive Book.
From the Drudge Report last night and this morning.
Are the Days of Drudge Over.
Supreme Court rules on tuition reimbursement, voting rights and drudge dumping.
O ut magazine has two unwilling names on its "Power 50" list this year: IAC chairman Barry Diller and blogger Matt Drudge .
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