lug

1
[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /

verb (used with object), lugged, lug·ging.

verb (used without object), lugged, lug·ging.

to pull or tug laboriously.
(of an engine or machine) to jerk, hesitate, or strain: The engine lugs when we climb a steep hill.

noun


Nearby words

  1. luff on luff,
  2. luff tackle,
  3. luffa,
  4. lufkin,
  5. luftwaffe,
  6. lug foresail,
  7. lug nut,
  8. lug screw,
  9. lug wrench,
  10. lug-rigged

Origin of lug

1
1300–50; Middle English luggen < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian lugge, Swedish lugga to pull by the hair

Related formsun·lugged, adjective

lug

2
[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /

noun

Origin of lug

2
1485–95; < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian, Swedish lugg forelock. See lug1

lug

3
[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /

noun

Origin of lug

3
by shortening

lug

4
[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /

noun

Origin of lug

4
1595–1605; earlier lugg; perhaps special use of lug2

Lug

[ lookh ]
/ lʊx /

noun

an ancient Irish god, probably a solar deity.
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British Dictionary definitions for lug

lug

1
/ (lʌɡ) /

verb lugs, lugging or lugged

to carry or drag (something heavy) with great effort
(tr) to introduce (an irrelevant topic) into a conversation or discussion
(tr) (of a sailing vessel) to carry too much (sail) for the amount of wind blowing

noun

the act or an instance of lugging

Word Origin for lug

C14: probably from Scandinavian; apparently related to Norwegian lugge to pull by the hair

noun

a projecting piece by which something is connected, supported, or lifted
Also called: tug a leather loop used in harness for various purposes
a box or basket for vegetables or fruit with a capacity of 28 to 40 pounds
Scot and Northern English dialect another word for ear 1
slang a man, esp a stupid or awkward one

Word Origin for lug

C15 (Scots dialect) lugge ear, perhaps related to lug 1 (in the sense: to pull by the ear)

noun

nautical short for lugsail

noun

short for lugworm

Word Origin for lug

C16: origin uncertain

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Word Origin and History for lug
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