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[truhj] /trʌdʒ/
verb (used without object), trudged, trudging.
to walk, especially laboriously or wearily:
to trudge up a long flight of steps.
verb (used with object), trudged, trudging.
to walk laboriously or wearily along or over:
He trudged the deserted road for hours.
a laborious or tiring walk; tramp.
1540-50; perhaps blend of tread and drudge
Related forms
trudger, noun
1. tramp. See pace1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trudged
  • Heavy smokers trudged along, puffing on a cigarette while holding onto an oxygen canister.
  • She's trudged through a grinding series of medical tests, treatments and procedures.
  • We trudged slowly, waist deep in water and probing in the soft mud with foot and walking stick.
  • We trudged out onto a cobbled, sunbaked pan, featureless but for a rough semicircle of basalt rocks.
  • She hopped on a bus, trudged through the mud, and got to the rink right after the free skate started.
  • We trudged clumsily in our hip boots to a shallow mud pit.
  • Heading southeast, they trudged and paddled through heavy fog until they reached a solid ice edge.
  • They had trudged the roads before dawn, only to wait for hours in the midday sun.
  • The helicopter rattled up and away and he trudged out onto the empty field in his raincoat.
  • Some tourists ignored the forbidding preparations around them and trudged through icy winds to the city's museums and galleries.
British Dictionary definitions for trudged


(intransitive) to walk or plod heavily or wearily
(transitive) to pass through or over by trudging
a long tiring walk
Derived Forms
trudger, noun
Word Origin
C16: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for trudged



"to walk laboriously," 1540s, of unknown origin. Related: Trudged; trudging. The noun meaning "an act of trudging" is attested from 1835.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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