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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRUGGED

She, carrying the babies, drugged with paregoric, in a basket on her arm.

Then, Cousin, he was drugged or drunk or bewitched, not the Peter whom we know.

That for the marquis will be drugged, since he must not see too clear to-night.

"I have been drugged and robbed," he replied, lowering his voice.

If I was drunk or drugged the last night, I know how it happened, for all that.

Like a drugged man the deposed president let himself be led out.

When dessert came, he gave his guests wine that had been drugged.

But just before arrival he had tricked all four of them by giving them drugged coffee.

My cup of coffee had been drugged, and drugged too strongly.

Next, he may have been so drugged as to have driven him out of his senses.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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