transitive verbdrubbed, drubbing
- to beat as with a stick or club; cudgel; thrash
- to defeat soundly in a fight, contest, etc.
Origin of drubuncertain or unknown; perhaps via Turkish durb ; from Arabic darb, a beating ; from daraba, to cudgel, bastinado
verbdrubbed drubbed, drub·bing, drubs
- 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 of drubPerhaps Arabic dialectal &dlowdot;rab, from &dlowdot;araba, to hit; see &saclod;rb in Semitic roots.
(third-person singular simple present drubs, present participle drubbing, simple past and past participle drubbed)
1625, originally 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 *dhrebh- (“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.