a bucket or canvas bag used as a sea anchor.
  1. a funnel-shaped device attached to the end of a hose on a tanker aircraft for connecting with the probe of another aircraft to be refueled in flight.
  2. drogue parachute(def 1).

Origin of drogue

1715–25; earlier drug, common dialectal variant of drag
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Related Words for drogue

anchor, bower, drogue

Examples from the Web for drogue

Historical Examples of drogue

  • Beyond it he could see the gleaming metal ribbons of the drogue chute.

    The Quantum Jump

    Robert Wicks

  • "I wish to make known to you that I am of your party, Mr. Drogue," she whispered.

    The Little Red Foot

    Robert W. Chambers

  • "You have a fine mare, Mr. Drogue," said she, gently caressing Kaya with her naked heels.

    The Little Red Foot

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Fortunately, also, he was gliding down on the side opposite to that on which floated the “drogue.”

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

  • When the boat of the Red Eric came up to the whale was the drogue still attached to it?

    The Red Eric

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for drogue



any funnel-like device, esp one of canvas, used as a sea anchor
  1. a small parachute released behind a jet aircraft to reduce its landing speed
  2. a small parachute released before a heavier main parachute during the landing of a spacecraft
a device towed behind an aircraft as a target for firing practice
a funnel-shaped device on the end of the refuelling hose of a tanker aircraft, to assist stability and the location of the probe of the receiving aircraft
another name for windsock

Word Origin for drogue

C18: probably based ultimately on Old English dragan to draw
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