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verb (used with object), pugged, pug·ging.
  1. to knead (clay or the like) with water to make it plastic, as for brickmaking.
  2. to fill or stop with clay or the like.
  3. to pack or cover with mortar or the like, as to deaden sound.
  4. to mix with water so as to form a paste.

Origin of pug2

First recorded in 1800–10; origin uncertain


  1. Also called pugmark. a footprint, especially of a game animal.
verb (used with object), pugged, pug·ging.
  1. to track (especially game) by following footprints or another spoor.

Origin of pug4

First recorded in 1860–65, pug is from the Hindi word pag footprint
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Examples from the Web for pugged

Historical Examples

  • A pugged partition and double-doored lobby separate the rooms.

    The Turkish Bath

    Robert Owen Allsop

  • Her nose is neither aquiline, nor spiritual, nor pugged; it is a straight and ordinary nose.

    Home Life of Great Authors

    Hattie Tyng Griswold

British Dictionary definitions for pugged


  1. Also called: carlin a small compact breed of dog with a smooth coat, lightly curled tail, and a short wrinkled nose
  2. any of several small geometrid moths, mostly of the genus Eupithecia, with slim forewings held outstretched at rest
Derived Formspuggish, adjective

Word Origin

C16: of uncertain origin


verb pugs, pugging or pugged (tr)
  1. to mix or knead (clay) with water to form a malleable mass or paste, often in a pug mill
  2. to fill or stop with clay or a similar substance
  3. (of cattle) to trample (the ground) into consolidated mud

Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin


  1. a slang name for boxer (def. 1)

Word Origin

C20: shortened from pugilist
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Word Origin and History for pugged



1560s, general term of endearment (also puggy), probably related to puck (n.2); one of the earliest senses is "sprite, imp" (1610s). The sense of "miniature dog" is from 1749 (pug-dog); that of "monkey" is 1660s. The word at various times meant "a bargeman" (1590s), "a harlot" (c.1600), and "an upper servant in a great house" (1847).

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