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

trudger, noun

1. tramp. See pace1. Unabridged
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trudge (trʌdʒ)
1.  (intr) to walk or plod heavily or wearily
2.  (tr) to pass through or over by trudging
3.  a long tiring walk
[C16: of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

"to walk laboriously," 1547, of unknown origin. The noun meaning "an act of trudging" is attested from 1835.
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Example sentences
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.
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