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[druhg] /drʌg/

Pharmacology. a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.

a habit-forming medicinal or illicit substance, especially a narcotic.

Obsolete. any ingredient used in chemistry, pharmacy, dyeing, or the like.
verb (used with object), drugged, drugging.
to administer a medicinal drug to.
to stupefy or poison with a drug.
to mix (food or drink) with a drug, especially a stupefying, narcotic, or poisonous drug.
to administer anything nauseous to.
Verb phrases
drug up, to take a narcotic drug:
The addict prowled about for a place to drug up.
drug on the market, a commodity that is overabundant or in excess of demand in the market.
Also, drug in the market.
[druhg] /drʌg/
verb, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. Nonstandard.
a simple past tense and past participle of .
any synthetic, semisynthetic, or natural chemical substance used in the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of disease, or for other medical reasons related adjective pharmaceutical
a chemical substance, esp a narcotic, taken for the pleasant effects it produces
drug on the market, a commodity available in excess of the demands of the market
verb (transitive) drugs, drugging, drugged
to mix a drug with (food, drink, etc)
to administer a drug to
to stupefy or poison with or as if with a drug

late 14c. (early 14c. in Anglo-French), “medicine, chemical ingredients,” from Old French droge “supply, stock, provision” (14c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German droge-vate “dry barrels,” or droge waere, literally “dry wares,” but specifically drugs and spices, with first element mistaken as word for the contents (see dry goods), or because medicines mostly consisted of dried herbs.

Cf. Latin species, in Late Latin “wares,” then specialized to “spices” (French épice, English spice). The same source produced Italian and Spanish droga, Swedish drog.

Application to “narcotics and opiates” is late 19c., though association with “poisons” is 1500s. Druggie first recorded 1968. To be a drug on or in the market (mid-17c.) is of doubtful connection and may be a different word, perhaps a play on drag, which was sometimes drug c.1240-1800.

c.1600, from drug (n.). Related: drugged; drugging.

drug (drŭg)

v. drugged, drug·ging, drugs



To annoy and nag at; bug: His constant bitching really drugs me (1970s+)

Related Terms

designer drug, hard drug, love drug, orphan drug, soft drug


Displeased; angry; pissed off: If other players are drug about it or feel that I’m trying to horn in, then it’s not much fun

[1940+ Jazz musicians; past participle of drag, in a dialect variation]

(Or “on drugs”) 1. Conspicuously stupid, heading toward brain-damaged. Often accompanied by a pantomime of toking a joint.
2. Of hardware, very slow relative to normal performance.
[Jargon File]


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