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noun
  1. a thick fabric for covering part of a floor, often woven of wool and often having an oblong shape with a border design.Compare carpet.
  2. the treated skin of an animal, used as a floor covering: a bear rug.
  3. Chiefly British. a piece of thick, warm cloth, used as a coverlet, lap robe, etc.
  4. Slang. toupee; hairpiece.
Idioms
  1. cut a rug, Older Slang. to dance, especially to jitterbug.

Origin of rug

1545–55; < Old Norse rǫgg wool, long hairs; compare Norwegian rugga covering of coarse wool, Swedish rugg coarse hair
Related formsrug·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rug

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Historical Examples

  • He had the air of laying at her feet, as a rug, the whole glorious history of France.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "There it goes now," cried the child, jumping up from the rug.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • And on that rug was a fine representation of Mars, the god of war.

  • She stepped off the rug, went to the "express office," and took a card from the desk.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • I thought you might look for a rug, but I'd rather go with you to select it.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington


British Dictionary definitions for rug

rug

noun
  1. a floor covering, smaller than a carpet and made of thick wool or of other material, such as an animal skin
  2. mainly British a blanket, esp one used as a wrap or lap robe for travellers
  3. slang a wig
  4. pull the rug out from under to betray, expose, or leave defenceless
See also rug up
Derived Formsruglike, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian rugga, Swedish rugg coarse hair. See rag 1

RUG

abbreviation for
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Word Origin and History for rug

n.

1550s, "coarse fabric," of Scandinavian origin, cf. Norwegian dialectal rugga "coarse coverlet," from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft," from Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, perhaps related to rag (n.) and rough (adj.). Sense evolved to "coverlet, wrap" (1590s), then "mat for the floor" (1808). Meaning "toupee" is theater slang from 1940. Cut a rug "dance" is slang first attested 1942. To sweep (something) under the rug in the figurative sense is from 1954.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with rug

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