chug

1
[ chuhg ]
/ tʃʌg /

noun

a short, dull, explosive sound: the steady chug of an engine.

verb (used without object), chugged, chug·ging.

to make this sound: The motor chugged.
to move while making this sound: The train chugged along.

Nearby words

  1. chuff,
  2. chuffed,
  3. chuffing,
  4. chuffle,
  5. chuffy,
  6. chug-a-lug,
  7. chugach mountains,
  8. chugger,
  9. chughole,
  10. chukar

Origin of chug

1
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; imitative

Related formschug·ger, noun

chug

2
[ chuhg ]
/ tʃʌg /
Slang.

verb (used with object), chugged, chug·ging.

verb (used without object), chugged, chug·ging.

to drink something in large gulps: to chug on a bottle of beer.

noun

a large gulp or swallow: He finished his beer in two chugs.

Origin of chug

2
imitative

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British Dictionary definitions for chug

chug

/ (tʃʌɡ) /

noun

a short dull sound, esp one that is rapidly repeated, such as that made by an engine

verb chugs, chugging or chugged

(intr) (of an engine, etc) to operate while making such sounds

Word Origin for chug

C19: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for chug

chug

n.

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.

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