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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for lugger
Historical Examples
  • The lugger could be brought to Dead Man's Edge, and the horse led down to it.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There have been more shots fired at this lugger than she could carry wore she loaded with them.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • My first shock, on reaching the pier, was to see what they called the lugger.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • It will be a close thing; but I agree with you, I am afraid that the lugger will be here first.

  • Of course, my lugger does but a very small proportion of it.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty
  • Then, if we should have to leave France, we shall have that to fall back upon, and the lugger.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty
  • But do not you wait for it, if you want to be about the lugger p. 154at once.

  • He had come to a spot just inside the wood, abreast of the lugger.


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

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • Run on back and find the lugger if you can, while I keep on down the main stream.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
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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