[ loozh ]
/ luʒ /


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

verb (used without object), luged, lug·ing.

to go or race on a luge: to luge at nearly 70 miles per hour.

Origin of luge

Borrowed into English from dialectal French around 1900–05
Related formslug·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for luge


/ (luːʒ) /


a racing toboggan on which riders lie on their backs, descending feet first


(intr) to ride on a luge

Word Origin for luge

C20: from French
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Word Origin and History for luge



kind of small toboggan, 1905, from French luge "small coasting sled," from Savoy dialect, from Medieval Latin sludia "sled" (9c.), perhaps from a Gaulish word from the same root as English sled, slide.

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