- 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 chugged
As they chugged toward the aid station, they passed by the bodies of the two dead insurgents Larson had killed.Ty Carter Awarded Medal of Honor
David Eisler, Jake Tapper
August 31, 2013
He looked around at the packed, distressed cement floors and frontier-style wooden booths as we chugged our last drink.How Restaurants Get You Drunk
April 17, 2010
On chugged the motor boat, and soon it was alongside the sailboat.The Curlytops at Silver Lake
Howard Roger Garis
The Gem chugged her way up "Alligator Brook," as the girls had named it.The Outdoor Girls in Florida
Laura Lee Hope
Three times they flashed the message, then hurried back to the boat and chugged out, anchoring140 in midstream.Tom Slade at Temple Camp
Percy K. Fitzhugh
He giggled to himself and chugged his coffee, crouched down below the window.Makers
Thus many a time when it chugged out of his barn so proudly, it came limping back behind a span of mules.In the Heart of a Fool
William Allen White
- 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 and History for chugged
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.