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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-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. Perhaps from Arabic ضَرَبَ(ḍaraba, to beat, to hit), or perhaps originally from a dialectal word (Kent) drab, variant of drop, dryp, drib (to beat), from Middle English drepen (preterit drop, drap, drape “to strike, kill”) from Old English drepan (to strike), from Proto-Germanic *drepaną (to beat, bump, strike, slay), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreb- (to strike, crush, kill). 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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