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drug (drʌɡ



  1. any synthetic, semisynthetic, or natural chemical substance used in the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of disease, or for other medical reasons related adjective ▶ Related adjective: pharmaceutical
  2. a chemical substance, esp a narcotic, taken for the pleasant effects it produces
  3. See drug on the market



Word forms:   drugs,  drugging or ,  drugged
  1. to mix a drug with (food, drink, etc)
  2. to administer a drug to
  3. to stupefy or poison with or as if with a drug
▶ Related prefix:

Derived Forms

ˈdruggy  adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French drogue, probably of Germanic origin


View thesaurus entry
= medication, medicine, remedy, panacea, elixir, physic, medicament
= dope (slang), narcotic (slang), stimulant, illegal drug, opiate, recreational drug, addictive drug, hallucinogen, gear (slang), shit, dadah (Australian) (slang)
= knock out, dope (slang), give drugs to, numb, deaden, stupefy, anaesthetize, render unconscious, give narcotics to
= dope, lace (informal), spike (informal), tamper with, adulterate, add drugs to
= dose, treat, dope (slang), medicate, administer a drug

Quotations including 'drug'

  • "Sex and drugs and rock and roll" [Ian Dury
  • "opiate: an unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard" [Ambrose Bierce
  • "And though she's not really ill,There's a little yellow pill;She goes running for the shelterOf her mother's little helper" [Mick Jagger
  • "Turn on, tune in and drop out" [Timothy Leary

Translations for 'drug'

  • British English: drug A drug is a chemical substance given to people to treat or prevent an illness or disease.The drug is useful to hundreds of thousands of people.drʌɡ NOUN
  • Arabic: مُخْدِّر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: droga
  • Chinese:
  • Croatian: lijek
  • Czech: lék
  • Danish: lægemiddel
  • Dutch: geneesmiddel
  • European Spanish: medicamento
  • Finnish: lääke
  • French: médicament
  • German: Medikament
  • Greek: φάρμακο
  • Italian: farmaco
  • Japanese:
  • Korean:
  • Norwegian: medikament
  • Polish: lekarstwo
  • Portuguese: droga
  • Romanian: medicament medicamente
  • Russian: медикамент
  • Spanish: droga
  • Swedish: läkemedel
  • Thai: ยา
  • Turkish: ilaç
  • Ukrainian: ліки
  • Vietnamese: thuốcchữa bệnh


Comment by WordMonkey (Admin) on 31 Aug 2012

The use of 'drug' as the past of 'drag' is unfamiliar in Britiain, but is listed in some American dictionaries: Random House says that it is "nonstandard" and chiefly used in Midland and Southern USA; Merriam-Webster says it is "dialect". I have found a few published examples of this usage in colloquial American English: He drug me outta there and saved my life most likely (from 'Paint the Wind' by Cathy Cash Spellman, published 1990) "Tell us," Bonnet said, "so we'll know what the cat drug in and we drug out." (from 'When the Women Come Out to Dance' by Elmore Leonard, published 2002) At the moment, this sense appears to be restricted to American dialect, but there is, of course, some precedent for nonstandard and dialectal usages becoming accepted as standard over a long period of time.

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Comment by RFirsten on 30 Aug 2012

Hello! I'm a retired English/ESOL teacher, and I'm trying to find out something, which I hope you can give me information about. I seem to be hearing more and more people (Americans, at least) using drug as the past tense of drag, but I can't find this as an alternative to dragged in any dictionary I've gone to. I've heard very educated people use this past tense form as well as less educated people. I'm well aware of the tendency in modern English to regularize so-called irregular verbs, e.g., dive > dove/dived; leap > leapt/leaped. That's why it strikes me as so peculiar that the reverse seems to be happening with drag, that it's being converted from a regular verb into an irregular verb! Can you tell me if drug may very well be an accepted alternative to dragged one of these fine days? Thanks for anything you can offer to enlighten me. Sincerely, Richard Firsten Miami, FL

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