chug

1
[chuhg]

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.

Origin of chug

1
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; imitative
Related formschug·ger, noun

chug

2
[chuhg]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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Examples from the Web for chug

Contemporary Examples of chug

Historical Examples of chug

  • There was music in the chug of our engines and in the purl of the water about our homely bows.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion

    Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins

  • Soap and water alone were powerless against the grease and carbon and dust that ground themselves into Chug's skin.

    Half Portions

    Edna Ferber

  • Climb aboard your chug bikes, and we'll mount and hurry along with you.

  • But the unbraced feet and the chug of the ball were too much for his balance.

  • Right here it should be understood that Chug never became a Steinmetz or a Wright.

    Half Portions

    Edna Ferber



British Dictionary definitions for chug

chug

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
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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