- IPA: /dɹʌɡ/
- Rhymes: -ʌɡ
- ( pharmacology ) A substance used to treat an illness, relieve a symptom, or modify a chemical process in the body for a specific purpose .
- ( pharmacology ) A substance, sometimes addictive, which affects the central nervous system .
- A chemical or substance, not necessarily for medical purposes, which alters the way the mind or body works .
- A substance, especially one which is illegal, ingested for recreational use.
- 1971, Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Harper Perennial 2005 edition, p. 3,
- March 1991, unknown student, "Antihero opinion", SPIN, page 70
- 2005, Thomas Brent Andrews, The Pot Plan: Louie B. Stumblin and the War on Drugs, Chronic Discontent Books, ISBN 0976705605, page 19
- See also Wikisaurus:pharmaceutical
- blockbuster drug
- club drug
- date rape drug
- designer drug
- disease modifying drug
- dissociative drug
- do drugs
- drug abuse
- drug addict
- drug baron
- drug dealer
- drug dog
- drug of choice
- drug on the market
- drug test
- ( transitive ) To administer intoxicating drugs to, generally without the recipient's knowledge or consent .
- ( transitive ) To add intoxicating drugs to with the intention of drugging someone .
- ( Southern US ) Simple past tense and past participle of drag .
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 .
Explanation of drug by Wordnet Dictionary
- Drug ( drŭg ), v. i. [See 1st Drudge.] To drudge; to toil laboriously. [Obs.] “To drugge and draw.” Chaucer.
- Drug, n. A drudge Shak. ( Timon iv. 3, 253 ).
- 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 )
- Drug, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drugged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Drugging.] [Cf. F. droguer.] To prescribe or administer drugs or medicines. B. Jonson.
- 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.
Definition of drug by GCIDE Dictionary