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  • IPA(key): /dɹʌb/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌb

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English *drob, drof, from Old English *drōb, drōf (turbid; dreggy; dirty), from Proto-West Germanic *drōbī, from Proto-Germanic *drōbuz (turbid).


drub (usually uncountable, plural drubs)

  1. (dialectal, Northern England) Carbonaceous shale; small coal; slate, dross, or rubbish in coal.
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Etymology 2[edit]

1625, of uncertain origin:

Akin to Old Frisian drop (a blow, beat), Old High German treffan (to hit), Old Norse drepa (to strike, slay, kill). Compare also dub. More at drape.


drub (third-person singular simple present drubs, present participle drubbing, simple past and past participle drubbed) (transitive)

  1. To beat (someone or something) with a stick.
  2. To defeat someone soundly; to annihilate or crush.
  3. To forcefully teach something.
  4. To criticize harshly; to excoriate.
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  1. ^ drub”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.
  2. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013), “*drupp/bōn- 1”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 105