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[duhg] /dʌg/
the mamma or the nipple of a female mammal.
Origin of dug2
1520-30; origin obscure; perhaps < a Germanic base akin to Danish dægge, Norwegian degge, Swedish dägga to suckle Unabridged
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  • These English have strong hearts—will suck at pain As life were in her dugs.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • The dugs are four, very rarely six, all yielding milk, and none of them dry.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • And by that time they were greedily pounding at her dugs for another meal.

    Jan A. J. Dawson
  • The well-known stories of cows, the dugs of whom had been sucked dry by snakes, were recalled to his mind.

  • She had a rabbits foot, mounted in silver, hanging between her dugs.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • Other authorities speak of the general belief in witches sucking the dugs of cows in the form of hares.

  • My arm is nothing weak, my strength is not gone by; Sons, I have borne many sons, but my dugs are not dry.

    A Song of the English Rudyard Kipling
  • Others stroked he-goats by the dugs, and saved their milk in a sieve; and much they got by it.

  • Surely she could never become gross and overblown, the damask fading to an underwater bleach, dugs swollen to down pillows!

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • Some hair sticks also to the dugs of the animal, and it is found necessary to clean and soften them before the milking is begun.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for dugs


the past tense and past participle of dig


the nipple, teat, udder, or breast of a female mammal
a human breast, esp when old and withered
Word Origin
C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish dægge to coddle, Gothic daddjan to give suck


a Scot word for dog
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dugs



"animal nipple," or, contemptuously, "the human female breast," 1520s, origin obscure, related to Swedish dagga, Danish dægge "to suckle."


past tense and past participle of dig (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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