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[chuhg] /tʃʌg/
a short, dull, explosive sound:
the steady chug of an engine.
verb (used without object), chugged, chugging.
to make this sound:
The motor chugged.
to move while making this sound:
The train chugged along.
Origin of chug1
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; imitative
Related forms
chugger, noun


[chuhg] /tʃʌg/ Slang.
verb (used with object), chugged, chugging.
verb (used without object), chugged, chugging.
to drink something in large gulps:
to chug on a bottle of beer.
a large gulp or swallow:
He finished his beer in two chugs.
imitative Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chugged
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  • On chugged the motor boat, and soon it was alongside the sailboat.

    The Curlytops at Silver Lake

    Howard Roger Garis
  • The Gem chugged her way up "Alligator Brook," as the girls had named it.

  • Three times they flashed the message, then hurried back to the boat and chugged out, anchoring140 in midstream.

    Tom Slade at Temple Camp Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • He giggled to himself and chugged his coffee, crouched down below the window.


    Cory Doctorow
  • Thus many a time when it chugged out of his barn so proudly, it came limping back behind a span of mules.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • A little "Brush" chugged painfully up to the gate of a race track.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • On chugged the motor boat, and in about an hour it was at the village where Uncle Ben was to buy the things for Mrs. Martin.

    The Curlytops at Silver Lake

    Howard Roger Garis
  • We chugged over to where it was and Tom Slade climbed out and stepped across it.

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan Percy Keese Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for chugged


a short dull sound, esp one that is rapidly repeated, such as that made by an engine
verb chugs, chugging, chugged
(intransitive) (of an engine, etc) to operate while making such sounds
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for chugged



1866, echoic of a working steam engine. As a verb, from 1884. Related: Chugged; chugging. Drinking sense attested by 1940s (chug-a-lug), probably imitative of the sound of swallowing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chugged

chug 1


To drink very quickly and in volume, as alcohol: chugged six milks at lunch

chug 2


To move along, esp slowly and laboriously: The USS Saratoga came chugging up the Delaware

[1900+; echoic of an engine, esp a steam engine, operating]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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