- a short, dull, explosive sound: the steady chug of an engine.
- to make this sound: The motor chugged.
- to move while making this sound: The train chugged along.
Origin of chug1
- to drink something in large gulps: to chug on a bottle of beer.
- a large gulp or swallow: He finished his beer in two chugs.
Origin of chug2
Examples from the Web for chug
Contemporary Examples of chug
Lohse and his beleaguered fellow pledges were, he claims, forced to chug vinegar and to dine on the dreaded “vomlet.”An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
Yet throughout it all, the U.S. economy continues to chug along.America Is Not Doomed
July 7, 2013
Those into “robo-tripping” often just chug the medicine without any chaser at all.Lil Wayne Hospitalization: What the Hell Is Sizzurp?
March 17, 2013
Is it even worse that the 4-year-old was made to chug a 40-oz can of Steel Reserve in public?Lights, Camera, Cocktails
October 22, 2011
Historical Examples of chug
And chug, chug, he was off leaving only a trail of dirty smoke behind him.Here and Now Story Book
Lucy Sprague Mitchell
I got telegrams from Laramie and the Chug, both, just before we left Russell.
To this "Chug" responded that he wished he wouldn't leave the office.
I had a feeling that every chug of the motor was carrying him further and further out of my life.The Prairie Child
The third went true, striking with a chug and packing the crack.Winter
Dallas Lore Sharp
- a short dull sound, esp one that is rapidly repeated, such as that made by an engine
- (intr) (of an engine, etc) to operate while making such sounds
Word Origin for chug
1866, echoic of a working steam engine. As a verb, from 1884. Related: Chugged; chugging. Drinking sense attested by 1940s (chug-a-lug), probably imitative of the sound of swallowing.