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

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

Historical Examples of fug

  • All others were below ground round the "fug" of their braziers.

    From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917

    Philip Gibbs

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

  • 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


  1. mainly British a hot, stale, or suffocating atmosphere
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Derived Formsfuggy, adjective

Word Origin for fug

C19: perhaps variant of fog 1
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Word Origin and History for fug


"thick, close, stuffy atmosphere," 1888.

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