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[ loozh ]


  1. a one- or two-person sled for coasting or racing down a chute, used especially in Europe.

verb (used without object)

, luged, lug·ing.
  1. to go or race on a luge:

    to luge at nearly 70 miles per hour.


/ luːʒ /


  1. a racing toboggan on which riders lie on their backs, descending feet first
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  1. intr to ride on a luge
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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  • luger noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of luge1

Borrowed into English from dialectal French around 1900–05
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Word History and Origins

Origin of luge1

C20: from French
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Example Sentences

Even the worst team in the country likely has some alumni downing liquor from an ice luge outside the stadium.

Sports like skeleton, luge, ski jumping, and bobsleigh require tracks that are often only found in former Olympic host cities.

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Much of the excitement of a luge run is easy to miss—the athletes’ movements are often too small to notice as they fly by looking like nothing more than a blur on your television.

Speed alone may be the factor that draws many sports fans to the bobsled, luge, and skeleton events at this year’s Beijing Winter Olympics.

Hurtling downhill with skis locked parallel in a deep, slick groove is like the Olympic luge where the only medal is getting to the car without busting your lip on a branch.

Of course, the same is true of luge and that only lasts three minutes.

Downhill track sports like luge are technology battles, as exciting as a NASCAR qualifying day.

The youngest member of the US luge team, 18-year-old Tucker West, deserves some attention, too.

He spent a year building a mini luge track with his father in their backyard in Connecticut.

There are also certainly examples among skeleton and luge of supreme achievement, limited experience notwithstanding.

We went suddenly round a corner, and quietly and without any fuss whatever Simpson left his luge and rolled on to the track.

Denry, whom nothing could induce to desert his luge, said that obviously "s-k-i" could only spell "planks."

Skates were well-behaved old horses compared to these long, untamed fiends, and a luge was like a tricycle.

And the child turned up the hill with her luge, leaving her elders to unknot the situation.

Luge propter amorem Jesu Christi, sponsi tui, quosque eum videre possis.


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More About Luge

What does luge mean?

Luge is a sport in which racers ride a sled (also called a luge) feetfirst down an ice-covered chute with the goal of reaching the finish line as quickly as possible.

The sport is sometimes also called luge sledding. Luge is an event in the Winter Olympics. It has traditionally featured solo racers, but there are also doubles luge events, in which two racers ride on the same sled, and relay events.

Luge is known as one of the sliding sports, along with skeleton and bobsleigh (also called bobsled), which take place on a similar course. In luge, racers ride on their backs, in contrast with skeleton, in which racers lie on their stomachs.

Luge is known for its high speeds, often exceeding 80 mph (129 km/h).

Luging is also sometimes done on natural courses.

Example: Luge is one of my favorite winter sports to watch because each run lasts only minutes.

Where does luge come from?

The word luge was borrowed into English from dialectical French and comes from the French word for “sled.” The first records of its use in English come from the early 1900s.

Luging developed as a kind of extreme form of sledding. The modern sport of luge began in the late 1800s in Switzerland.

Luge was added as an event at the Winter Olympics in 1964 and has been featured at every Winter Games since. A relay event was added in 2014.

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What are some other forms related to luge?

  • luger (noun)
  • luging (continuous tense verb, noun)

What are some synonyms for luge (the sport)?

  • luge sledding
  • luging
  • lugeing

What are some words that often get used in discussing luge?

How is luge used in real life?

Luge is most popular in mountainous European countries like Switzerland, where the sport was developed. It is perhaps best known as an event in the Winter Olympics.


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Luge comes from a French word meaning what?

A. mountain
B. slope
C. ice
D. sled