From Middle English drogge, from Middle French drogue, from Old French drogue, drocque, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German droge, as in droge vate, mistaking droge for the contents, which were usually dried herbs, plants or wares. Droge comes from Middle Dutch droghe, from Old Dutch drōgi, from Proto-Germanic *draugiz. Cognate with English dry, Dutch droog, German trocken.
Germanic ablaut formation. If old, a doublet of drew, from Proto-Germanic *draganą; compare Dutch droeg, German trug, Swedish drog. If secondary, probably formed by analogy with hang.
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