- 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 chugging
Look, no one has to be chugging Bacardi 151 to prove a point at 40.How 'The Mindy Project' Star Adam Pally Became Hollywood's Go-To 'Bro'
August 6, 2014
Mail often took weeks to get from one coast to the other, chugging along on rail lines.The Strange Arrows That Point the Way Across America
December 19, 2013
She wore an apple-green housedress and her graying beehive hairdo was unyielding against the blasts of a chugging air conditioner.What Lee Harvey Oswald’s Mother Told Me
November 14, 2013
As we speak, container ships full of toys, electronics, and clothing are chugging their way across the Pacific Ocean.The Shutdown that Stole Christmas?
October 11, 2013
They stopped by The Daily Beast HQ to play some beer pong—and challenged Kevin Fallon to a chugging contest.Hanson Got Me Drunk on Their New Beer, Mmmhops (Really)
September 18, 2013
Still the only reply to his monologue was the chugging of the engine.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
The last of the motors were chugging up the driveway as he left.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
This he could hear not far away, chugging slowly on in front of him.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
A little later they were chugging away in the speedy Pickerel.The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay
What he heard was the far off chugging of an automobile engine.The Rest Hollow Mystery
Rebecca N. Porter
- 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 chugging
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.