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drudge (v.)

late 14c., druggen, "work hard, especially at servile, monotonous, or uninteresting work," (and compare druggunge, mid-13c.), probably from a variant of Old English dreogan"to work, suffer, endure," from Proto-Germanic *dreugana (source also of Old Saxon driogan, Old Norse drygja "to carry out, accomplish," Gothic driugan "serve as a soldier"). Related: Drudged; drudging. The surname is from 13c., probably unrelated, from Old French dragie "a mixture of grains sown together," thus, a grower of this crop.

drudge (n.)

late 15c., "one employed in mean, servile, or distasteful work, one who toils at uninteresting employments," from drudge (v.). 

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Definitions of drudge
1
drudge (n.)
one who works hard at boring tasks;
Synonyms: hack / hacker
drudge (n.)
a laborer who is obliged to do menial work;
Synonyms: peon / navvy / galley slave
2
drudge (v.)
work hard;
Lexicographers drudge all day long
Synonyms: labor / labour / toil / fag / travail / grind / dig / moil
From wordnet.princeton.edu