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  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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Examples from the Web for luging

Historical Examples

  • We went back to our café corner to watch the luging and to have luncheon.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine

British Dictionary definitions for luging


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

Word Origin

C20: from French
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Word Origin and History for luging



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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