- to pull or carry with force or effort: to lug a suitcase upstairs.
- to introduce or interject in an inappropriate or irrelevant manner: to lug personalities into a discussion of philosophy.
- (of a sailing ship) to carry an excessive amount of (sail) for the conditions prevailing.
- to pull or tug laboriously.
- (of an engine or machine) to jerk, hesitate, or strain: The engine lugs when we climb a steep hill.
- an act or instance of lugging; a forcible pull; haul.
- a wooden box for transporting fruit or vegetables.
- Slang. a request for or exaction of money, as for political purposes: They put the lug on him at the office.
Origin of lug1
Examples from the Web for lugged
We lugged the beach stuff onto the beach, avoiding anything that resembled a dune.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
He even washed the potaters for her, made the fires, an' lugged water.Meadow Grass
The side door was unlocked, so I lugged that box into the settin' room and left it there.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
He took the huddled inmate by the collar of his doublet, and lugged him out into the open.Captain Blood
He did though, and lugged me along for a chaperone, which is some out of my line.Shorty McCabe
He had lugged it over the trail at the cost of infinite toil and weariness.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- to carry or drag (something heavy) with great effort
- (tr) to introduce (an irrelevant topic) into a conversation or discussion
- (tr) (of a sailing vessel) to carry too much (sail) for the amount of wind blowing
- the act or an instance of lugging
- a projecting piece by which something is connected, supported, or lifted
- Also called: tug a leather loop used in harness for various purposes
- a box or basket for vegetables or fruit with a capacity of 28 to 40 pounds
- Scot and Northern English dialect another word for ear 1
- slang a man, esp a stupid or awkward one
- nautical short for lugsail
- short for lugworm
Word Origin and History for lugged
late 14c., "to move (something) heavily or slowly," from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish lugga, Norwegian lugge "to pull by the hair"); see lug (n.). Related: Lugged; lugging.
1620s, "handle of a pitcher," from lugge (Scottish) "earflap of a cap, ear" (late 15c.; according to OED, the common word for "ear" in 19c. Scotland), probably from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish lugg "forelock," Norwegian lugg "tuft of hair"). The connecting notion is "something that can be gripped and pulled." Applied 19c. to mechanical objects that can be grabbed or gripped. Meaning "stupid fellow" is from 1924; that of "lout, sponger" is 1931, American English. Cf. lug-nut (1869), nut closed at one end as a cap.