[ fuhg ]
/ fʌg /


stale air, especially the humid, warm, ill-smelling air of a crowded room, kitchen, etc.

Origin of fug

1885–90; of obscure origin; compare earlier British slang fogo stench
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Examples from the Web for fug

  • All dugouts have a peculiar "fug" of their own, but these German dugouts were particularly unpleasant.

    Fighting the Boche Underground|Harry Davis Trounce
  • All others were below ground round the "fug" of their braziers.

  • The draughtiness and civilization of the new huts compared with the "fug" of the tents all combined to give us chills!

    Fanny Goes to War|Pat Beauchamp

British Dictionary definitions for fug


/ (fʌɡ) /


mainly British a hot, stale, or suffocating atmosphere

Derived Forms

fuggy, adjective

Word Origin for fug

C19: perhaps variant of fog 1
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