- a short, dull, explosive sound: the steady chug of an engine.
- to make this sound: The motor chugged.
- to move while making this sound: The train chugged along.
Origin of chug1
- 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.
Origin of chug2
Examples from the Web for chugs
Just prior to the contest, he chugs an entire bottle of castor oil and tops it off with an egg.12 Craziest Pie Scenes
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It's Barack Obama who chugs slowly forward like a middle-aged salaryman, cautious and halting.When exactly did John McCain become Mad Max?
October 5, 2008
What fun it must be to have a boat of your own that chugs about those entertaining seas!Dear Enemy
He got three chugs and a backfire into the carburetor, and after that silence.Cabin Fever
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After a number of loud wheezes and chugs the boat started down the river.The Motor Boys Afloat
- a short dull sound, esp one that is rapidly repeated, such as that made by an engine
- (intr) (of an engine, etc) to operate while making such sounds
Word Origin and History for chugs
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.