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trudge

[truhj] /trʌdʒ/
verb (used without object), trudged, trudging.
1.
to walk, especially laboriously or wearily:
to trudge up a long flight of steps.
verb (used with object), trudged, trudging.
2.
to walk laboriously or wearily along or over:
He trudged the deserted road for hours.
noun
3.
a laborious or tiring walk; tramp.
Origin of trudge
1540-1550
1540-50; perhaps blend of tread and drudge
Related forms
trudger, noun
Synonyms
1. tramp. See pace1 .
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  • In silence he turned and started to trudge southward, without waiting for Thorvald to catch up with him.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • To ride a-horseback is surely pleasanter than to trudge a-foot?

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  • But mothers must be obeyed, and Missy had to trudge dutifully indoors—with a tablet still blank.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Then deleever it word for word to me, young mon, and I'll trudge off to Frances.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • It passed when she was resting in a hut, and she had to trudge back the weary miles to Akpap again.

    The White Queen of Okoyong W.P. Livingstone
  • Now I must trudge off and do a little business on my own account, seeing we 'return on Friday.'

    Three People Pansy
  • There was not a wagon in sight, and unless one came along, she would have to trudge every step of the way home.

    The Wall Between Sara Ware Bassett
  • But I'll find that man if I have to trudge through the whole kingdom.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
British Dictionary definitions for trudge

trudge

/trʌdʒ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to walk or plod heavily or wearily
2.
(transitive) to pass through or over by trudging
noun
3.
a long tiring walk
Derived Forms
trudger, noun
Word Origin
C16: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for trudge
v.

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

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