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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.
Origin of trudge
1540-50; perhaps blend of tread and drudge
Related forms
trudger, noun
1. tramp. See pace1 . Unabridged
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  • They trudge into remote forests to play taped bird calls, hoping that a survivor of a vanished species will reply.
  • Back the hunters trudge to the first entry in their game-book.
  • We trudge down the dune, surprising the lady who lives in the valley.
  • We learn that even urban sophisticates will trudge into the park in midwinter to put out seeds and suet.
  • It's getting to be that time of year when the garage-less must trudge outside extra early to start the car to defrost the windows.
  • Millions gladly missed sleep, and then had to drag themselves out of bed and trudge to work.
  • It is illogical to have the washing machine in a room that you have to trudge down a corridor to reach.
  • By comparison, that makes a trudge to the video store as inconvenient and obsolete as starting a car with a hand crank.
  • Then they trudge down the road to support other villages in similar campaigns.
  • But still, the impeachment proceedings trudge forward.
British Dictionary definitions for trudge


(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 trudge

"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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