Aspirin is a drug that reduces pain, acts against inflammation and lowers body temperature.
The revenues from both brand-name drugs and generic drugs have increased.
She suddenly felt strange, and only then realized she'd been drugged.
She suddenly felt strange. She realized her drink must have been drugged.
You look like someone drug you behind a horse for half a mile.
An example of a drug is an antibiotic.
An example of a drug is marijuana.
- A commodity for which there is little or no demand because the supply is so plentiful.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of drug
- Middle English drogge from Old French drogue drug perhaps from Middle Dutch droge (vate) dry (cases) pl. of drog dry
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English drogge (“medicine”), from Middle French drogue (“cure, pharmaceutical product”), from Old French drogue, drocque (“tincture, pharmaceutical product”), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German droge, as in droge vate (“dry vats, dry barrels”), mistaking droge for the contents, which were wontedly dried herbs, plants or wares. Droge comes from Middle Dutch drōghe (“dry”), from Old Dutch drōgi (“dry”), from Proto-Germanic *draugiz (“dry, hard”). Cognate with English dry, Dutch droog (“dry”), German trocken (“dry”).