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.
- un·lugged, adjective
Other definitions for lug (2 of 5)
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 man; guy.
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Other definitions for Lug (5 of 5)
an ancient Irish god, probably a solar deity.
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How to use lug in a sentence
A pliable EVA midsole makes for easy walking and pedaling, and the lugs excel on ice.
Testers found the horizontal lugs in the natural rubber outsole provided solid grip in slushy snow.
Send your fully rigid alpine boots to them and they’ll kit them out with tech fittings in the toe lugs so that you can put in a short tour.
Oh, and make sure your shoes are up to the task—aggressive lugs and plenty of cushioning are key.
The binding is compatible with regular alpine boots, GripWalk boots with tech fittings, and touring-specific boots with toe lugs.Marker’s New Touring Binding Does (Almost) Everything | Marc Peruzzi | February 22, 2021 | Outside Online
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 | Allison Glock | August 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I mean, what an incredibly annoying gift to have to lug home.
No bulky helmet to lug around or uncomfortable shell to ruin your hairstyle.Helmet Haute Couture: The Invisible Helmet Revolutionizing Bike Safety | Nina Strochlic | December 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The macho guys could lug up buckets of water, which are sorely needed to flush toilets.
The clip played with the belabored simplicity of a silent movie—one lug and two thugs, brandished gun and chain-snatch.
In this case a lug L is cast upon the block, forming, indeed, a portion of said block.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
After getting well away from the beach he hoisted a small lug-sail, and stood out to sea.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
It takes a full day to lug enough water up to the canyon levels to wash out a pan of gravel.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
They would say, 'We shall get our land for potato-ground at 1/2 d. a lug, instead of paying 3d.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
We want to lug this h-yer money up stairs and count it before everybody—then ther' ain't noth'n suspicious.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for lug (1 of 4)
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
British Dictionary definitions for lug (2 of 4)
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
British Dictionary definitions for lug (3 of 4)
nautical short for lugsail
British Dictionary definitions for lug (4 of 4)
short for lugworm
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