Mid-16th century. Original meaning was somewhat idiomatic, meaning "to walk using snowshoes." Probably of Scandinavian origin, compare Icelandic þrūga (“snowshoe”), Norwegian truga (“snowshoe”) and dialectal Swedish trudja (“snowshoe”).
trudge (plural trudges)
- A tramp, i.e. a long and tiring walk.
- 2020 September 9, Paul Clifton, “Heavy rainfall causes landslip in Hampshire: At the scene...”, in Rail, page 10:
- The morning after the landslip, with rain still pouring down, it was an unpleasant trudge through deep mud to get there.
- (intransitive) To walk wearily with heavy, slow steps.
- (transitive) To trudge along or over a route etc.