verb (used with object), drubbed, drub·bing.
- to beat with a stick or the like; cudgel; flog; thrash.
- to defeat decisively, as in a game or contest.
- to drive as if by flogging: Latin grammar was drubbed into their heads.
- to stamp (the feet).
- a blow with a stick or the like.
verb drubs, drubbing or drubbed (tr)
- to beat as with a stick; cudgel; club
- to defeat utterly, as in a contest
- to drum or stamp (the feet)
- to instil with force or repetitionthe master drubbed Latin into the boys
- 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.