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

Origin of lug

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

Related forms

un·lugged, adjective

Definition for lug (2 of 5)

lug

2
[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /

noun

Origin of lug

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

Definition for lug (3 of 5)

lug

3
[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /

noun

Origin of lug

3
by shortening

Definition for lug (4 of 5)

lug

4
[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /

noun

Origin of lug

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

Definition for lug (5 of 5)

Lug

[ lookh ]
/ lʊx /

noun

an ancient Irish god, probably a solar deity.
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British Dictionary definitions for lug (1 of 4)

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

British Dictionary definitions for lug (2 of 4)

lug

2
/ (lʌɡ) /

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)

British Dictionary definitions for lug (3 of 4)

lug

3
/ (lʌɡ) /

noun

nautical short for lugsail

British Dictionary definitions for lug (4 of 4)

lug

4
/ (lʌɡ) /

noun

short for lugworm

Word Origin for lug

C16: origin uncertain
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