Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English *drob, drof, from Old English *drōb, drōf(turbid; dreggy; dirty), from Proto-Germanic *drōbuz(turbid).


drub (plural drubs)

  1. (dialectal, Northern England) carbonaceous shale; small coal; slate, dross, or rubbish in coal.
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Etymology 2Edit

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.


drub (third-person singular simple present drubs, present participle drubbing, simple past and past participle drubbed)

  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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