- to pull or carry with force or effort: to lug a suitcase upstairs.
- to introduce or interject in an inappropriate or irrelevant manner: to lug personalities into a discussion of philosophy.
- (of a sailing ship) to carry an excessive amount of (sail) for the conditions prevailing.
- to pull or tug laboriously.
- (of an engine or machine) to jerk, hesitate, or strain: The engine lugs when we climb a steep hill.
- an act or instance of lugging; a forcible pull; haul.
- a wooden box for transporting fruit or vegetables.
- Slang. a request for or exaction of money, as for political purposes: They put the lug on him at the office.
Origin of lug1
- a projecting piece by which anything is held or supported.
- a ridge or welt that helps to provide traction, as on a tire or the sole of a shoe.
- Masonry. either of the ends of a lug sill.
- Carpentry. (in a double-hung window) one of a pair of projections extending downward from the ends of the meeting rail of the upper sash.
- a leather loop hanging down from a saddle, through which a shaft is passed for support.
- Shipbuilding. clip2(def 6).
- an awkward, clumsy fellow.
- a blockhead.
- a man; guy.
Origin of lug2
Origin of lug3
Origin of lug4
- an ancient Irish god, probably a solar deity.
Examples from the Web for lug
Darren was the kind of man who'd lug a sofa bed up three flights of stairs without a whisper of complaint.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin
August 23, 2014
I mean, what an incredibly annoying gift to have to lug home.Prince George Given Giant Toy Wombat
April 16, 2014
No bulky helmet to lug around or uncomfortable shell to ruin your hairstyle.Helmet Haute Couture: The Invisible Helmet Revolutionizing Bike Safety
December 19, 2013
The macho guys could lug up buckets of water, which are sorely needed to flush toilets.Make the New York City Marathon a Help-a-Thon
November 3, 2012
The clip played with the belabored simplicity of a silent movie—one lug and two thugs, brandished gun and chain-snatch.To Shoot or Not to Shoot
April 14, 2011
Really, for an old man, you must have had a heavy job to lug it along.Other Tales and Sketches
I'll fetch those clams ashore if I have to lug 'em with my teeth.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
That's Grey Graham, setting folk by the lug with his blusteration.
"Gi'e him a slab ower the lug," shouted the miller from the road.
You're not going to be so foolish as to lug that baby along?In a Little Town
- 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
- the act or an instance of lugging
- 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
- nautical short for lugsail
- short for lugworm
Word Origin and History for lug
late 14c., "to move (something) heavily or slowly," from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish lugga, Norwegian lugge "to pull by the hair"); see lug (n.). Related: Lugged; lugging.
1620s, "handle of a pitcher," from lugge (Scottish) "earflap of a cap, ear" (late 15c.; according to OED, the common word for "ear" in 19c. Scotland), probably from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish lugg "forelock," Norwegian lugg "tuft of hair"). The connecting notion is "something that can be gripped and pulled." Applied 19c. to mechanical objects that can be grabbed or gripped. Meaning "stupid fellow" is from 1924; that of "lout, sponger" is 1931, American English. Cf. lug-nut (1869), nut closed at one end as a cap.