- a thick fabric for covering part of a floor, often woven of wool and often having an oblong shape with a border design.Compare carpet.
- the treated skin of an animal, used as a floor covering: a bear rug.
- Chiefly British. a piece of thick, warm cloth, used as a coverlet, lap robe, etc.
- Slang. toupee; hairpiece.
- cut a rug, Older Slang. to dance, especially to jitterbug.
Origin of rug
- a floor covering, smaller than a carpet and made of thick wool or of other material, such as an animal skin
- mainly British a blanket, esp one used as a wrap or lap robe for travellers
- slang a wig
- pull the rug out from under to betray, expose, or leave defenceless
- restricted users group
Word Origin and History for cut a rug
1550s, "coarse fabric," of Scandinavian origin, cf. Norwegian dialectal rugga "coarse coverlet," from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft," from Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, perhaps related to rag (n.) and rough (adj.). Sense evolved to "coverlet, wrap" (1590s), then "mat for the floor" (1808). Meaning "toupee" is theater slang from 1940. Cut a rug "dance" is slang first attested 1942. To sweep (something) under the rug in the figurative sense is from 1954.
Idioms and Phrases with cut a rug
see pull the rug out from under; sweep under the rug. Also see under carpet.