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[loozh]
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noun
  1. a one- or two-person sled for coasting or racing down a chute, used especially in Europe.
verb (used without object), luged, lug·ing.
  1. to go or race on a luge: to luge at nearly 70 miles per hour.

Origin of luge

Borrowed into English from dialectal French around 1900–05
Related formslug·er, noun
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luge

noun
  1. a racing toboggan on which riders lie on their backs, descending feet first
verb
  1. (intr) to ride on a luge

Word Origin

C20: from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for luge

n.

kind of small toboggan, 1905, from French luge "small coasting sled," from Savoy dialect, from Medieval Latin sludia "sled" (9c.), perhaps from a Gaulish word from the same root as English sled, slide.

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