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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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  • In silence he turned and started to trudge southward, without waiting for Thorvald to catch up with him.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • But I'll find that man if I have to trudge through the whole kingdom.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • But mothers must be obeyed, and Missy had to trudge dutifully indoors—with a tablet still blank.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Get thee an ape, and trudge the land The leader of a juggling band.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • 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
  • To ride a-horseback is surely pleasanter than to trudge a-foot?

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • 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
  • Then deleever it word for word to me, young mon, and I'll trudge off to Frances.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
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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