- 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 lugging
Lugging her trophy, the bawling girl wobbled down the ramp into the arms of her beaming family and boyfriend.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas
February 2, 2014
Her Spanish model beau River Viiperi, 22, stands off to the side, lugging two large purses and a pink quilted laptop bag.Paris Hilton's Trippy Los Angeles Release Party For Her Single With Lil Wayne
October 9, 2013
Stung by the poor reviews of his thriller Liberty Two, Lipsyte was lugging a bigger canister of dynamite.On the Peninsula
April 25, 2011
In one hand she carried a sheaf of Clinton literature; in the other she was lugging a stack of large yard signs.The Boys on the Bus
November 3, 2008
Lugging a fellow up for a pitiful, paltry sum of twenty pounds!The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I should have said you were, lugging that thing about with you.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
She would need to be a lusty Amazon, Prather, if she took the contract of lugging me about.The Brentons
Anna Chapin Ray
It's the lugging the poor girl into his ma's sphere of influence.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
It was compensation enough, perhaps, for lugging this damned Jeffrey.This Crowded Earth
- 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 lugging
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.