Drub Definition

drubbed, drubbing, drubs
drubbed, drubbing, drubs
To drum or tap.
Webster's New World
To beat as with a stick or club; cudgel; thrash.
Webster's New World
To instill forcefully.
Drubbed the lesson into my head.
American Heritage
To defeat soundly in a fight, contest, etc.
Webster's New World
To berate harshly.
American Heritage
A blow as with a club; thump.
Webster's New World

Origin of Drub

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps Arabic dialectal ḍrab from ḍaraba to hit ṣ́rb in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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