- to beat as with a stick or club; cudgel; thrash
- to defeat soundly in a fight, contest, etc.
Origin: uncertain or unknown; perhaps via Turkish durb ; from Arabic darb, a beating ; from daraba, to cudgel, bastinado
- drubber noun
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verb drubbed drubbed, drub·bing, drubs verb, transitive
- To thrash with a stick.
- To instill forcefully: drubbed the lesson into my head.
- a. To defeat soundly.b. To berate harshly.
- To stamp (the feet).
- To beat the ground; stamp.
- To pound; throb.
Origin: Perhaps Arabic dialectal ḍrab, from ḍaraba, to hit; see ṣ́rb in Semitic roots.
- drubˈber noun