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Meaning of drug by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /dɹʌɡ/
    • Rhymes: -ʌɡ

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English drogge ( “medicine” ), from Middle French drogue ( “cure, pharmaceutical product” ), from Old French drogue, drocque ( “tincture, pharmaceutical product” ), of Germanic origin, 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 Saxon drōgi ( “dry” ), from Proto-Germanic *draugijaz ( “dry” ). Cognate with English dry, German trocken ( “dry” ). See also droog .


    drug ( plural: drugs )

    1. ( pharmacology ) A substance used to treat an illness, relieve a symptom, or modify a chemical process in the body for a specific purpose .
      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 .
    2. ( pharmacology ) A substance, sometimes addictive, which affects the central nervous system .
    3. A chemical or substance, not necessarily for medical purposes, which alters the way the mind or body works .
    4. A substance, especially one which is illegal, ingested for recreational use.
    • See also Wikisaurus:pharmaceutical
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    Etymology 2

    Germanic ablaut formation, cognate with Dutch droeg, German trug, Swedish drog, Old English drōg .



    1. ( Southern US ) Simple past tense and past participle of drag .
      You look like someone drug you behind a horse for half a mile .
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    • drug in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of drug by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. administer a drug to

    2. They drugged the kidnapped tourist
    3. use recreational drugs

    1. a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic

    Definition of drug by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Drug ( drŭg ), v. i. [See 1st Drudge.] To drudge; to toil laboriously. [Obs.] “To drugge and draw.” Chaucer.

    2. Drug, n. A drudge Shak. ( Timon iv. 3, 253 ).

    3. Drug, n. [F. drogue, prob. fr. D. droog; akin to E. dry; thus orig., dry substance, hers, plants, or wares. See Dry.]
      1. Any animal, vegetable, or mineral substance used in the composition of medicines.

      Whence merchants bring

      Their spicy drugs. Milton.

      2. Any commodity that lies on hand, or is not salable; an article of slow sale, or in no demand; -- used often in the phrase “a drug on the market”. “But sermons are mere drugs.” Fielding.

      And virtue shall a drug become. Dryden.

      3. any stuff used in dyeing or in chemical operations.

      4. any substance intended for use in the treatment, prevention, diagnosis, or cure of disease, especially one listed in the official pharmacopoeia published by a national authority.

      5. any substance having psychological effects, such as a narcotic, stimulant, or hallucinogenic agent, especially habit-forming and addictive substances, sold or used illegally; as, “a drug habit; a drug treatment program; a teenager into drugs; a drug bust; addicted to drugs; high on drugs.”

      Syn. -- illegal drug.
      They [smaller and poorer nations] have lined up to recount how drug trafficking and consumption have corrupted their struggling economies and societies and why they are hard pressed to stop it. Christopher S. Wren ( N Y. Times, June 10, 1998, p. A5 )

    4. Drug, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drugged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Drugging.] [Cf. F. droguer.] To prescribe or administer drugs or medicines. B. Jonson.

    5. Drug, v. t.
      1. To affect or season with drugs or ingredients; esp., to stupefy by a narcotic drug. Also Fig.

      The laboring masses . . . [were] drugged into brutish good humor by a vast system of public spectacles. C. Kingsley.

      Drug thy memories, lest thou learn it. Tennyson.

      2. To tincture with something offensive or injurious.

      Drugged as oft,

      With hatefullest disrelish writhed their jaws. Milton.

      3. To dose to excess with, or as with, drugs.

      With pleasure drugged, he almost longed for woe. Byron.