Definition of trudge in English:

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Pronunciation: /trʌdʒ/


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
Walk slowly and with heavy steps, typically because of exhaustion or harsh conditions: I trudged up the stairs she trudged through blinding snow
More example sentences
  • With heavy steps he trudged over to the open cell door where the guard waited.
  • He'd only driven a few yards down the road when he saw Sienna trudging along slowly.
  • She then trudged up the three steps to the main door and rang the doorbell.
plod, tramp, drag oneself, walk heavily, walk slowly, plough, slog, footslog, toil, trek, clump, clomp, lumber;
Scottish & Northern Irish  sprauchle;
Scottish & Irish  traik
informal traipse, galumph
British informal yomp, trog


A difficult or laborious walk: he began the long trudge back to Stokenchurch Street
More example sentences
  • As she walked, a spring began to overtake her trudge.
  • Then we wandered around the market, before munching on some ice-cream and beginning the long trudge back to the car.
  • He turned and began his long trudge down the road.



Example sentences
  • Some employees are trudgers, going along as directed without looking up to see where they're going.
  • You can also just send a card to a friend or fellow trudger to let them know you care.
  • Under a blue, sunny sky and falling leaves, the crowds cheered the trudgers on to the finish line in Central Park.


Mid 16th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with trudge

adjudge, begrudge, bludge, budge, drudge, fudge, grudge, judge, misjudge, nudge, pudge, sludge, smudge

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