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[luhg-er] /ˈlʌg ər/
noun, Nautical.
a small ship lug-rigged on two or three masts.
Origin of lugger
First recorded in 1785-95; lug(sail) + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Undaunted he then went in pursuit of the third lugger, but as a breeze came up she managed to get away.

  • The skipper of the lugger, sir, who guided us up the African river.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • Whether the lugger was seen by those on board or not was a question.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • “That means the Seafowl firing at the lugger to heave to, sir,” said Murray.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • He had set fire to the lugger and was intending to make his escape in the dinghy.

  • And now, if you will take my advice, sir, you will draw off the men and secure the lugger.

    In the King's Name George Manville Fenn
  • It was the expected--nay, the announced--sirocco, and it brought the lugger to windward beyond all dispute.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • He at once opened fire on the lugger, who made all sail to escape.

    Adrift in a Boat W.H.G. Kingston
  • The lugger shot ahead for Scotland, the swift wind upon her beam.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • One thing was certain, that she was steering directly for the lugger.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for lugger


(nautical) a small working boat rigged with a lugsail
Word Origin
C18: from lugsail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lugger

"small fishing or coasting boat," 1757, from lugsail (see lug (n.)) or else from Dutch logger "to fish with a dragnet."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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