a person who does menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.
a person who works in a routine, unimaginative way.
verb (used without object), drudged, drudging.
to perform menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.

1485–95; compare OE man's name Drycghelm helmet maker, equivalent to drycg (akin to drēogan to work) + helm helm2

drudger, noun
drudgingly, adverb

3. toil, hack, grub, plod, slave.
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drudge (drʌdʒ)
1.  a person, such as a servant, who works hard at wearisome menial tasks
2.  (intr) to toil at such tasks
[C16: perhaps from druggen to toil]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "one employed in mean, servile, or distasteful work," missing in O.E. and M.E., but apparently related to O.E. dreogan "to work, suffer, endure." The verb is from 1540s.
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Example sentences
These decisions were not all about moving drudge work to countries with low wages.
Friends said he wanted to escape the stresses of academic politics and administrative drudge work.
The step of thickening and digestion is not a drudge.
The drudge that was supposed to be kept wet at all times is not wet, it is dry.
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