1. a beating; a sound thrashing.
  2. a decisive, humiliating defeat, as in a game or contest.

verb (used with object), drubbed, drubĀ·bing.

  1. to beat with a stick or the like; cudgel; flog; thrash.
  2. to defeat decisively, as in a game or contest.
  3. to drive as if by flogging: Latin grammar was drubbed into their heads.
  4. to stamp (the feet).


  1. a blow with a stick or the like.


  1. a beating, as with a stick, cudgel, etc
  2. a comprehensive or heavy defeat, esp in a sporting competition

verb drubs, drubbing or drubbed (tr)

  1. to beat as with a stick; cudgel; club
  2. to defeat utterly, as in a contest
  3. to drum or stamp (the feet)
  4. to instil with force or repetitionthe master drubbed Latin into the boys


  1. a blow, as from a stick

1630s (in an Oriental travel narrative), probably from Arabic darb “a beating,” from daraba “he beat up” (see discussion in OED). Related: Drubbed; Drubbing.

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