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lug

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[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /
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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
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Origin of lug

1
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English luggen, from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian lugge, Swedish lugga “to pull by the hair”

OTHER WORDS FROM lug

un·lugged, adjective

Other definitions for lug (2 of 5)

lug2
[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /

noun

Origin of lug

2
First recorded in 1485–95; from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian, Swedish lugg “forelock”; see lug1

Other definitions for lug (3 of 5)

lug3
[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /

noun

Origin of lug

3
By shortening

Other definitions for lug (4 of 5)

lug4
[ luhg ]
/ lʌg /

noun

Origin of lug

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

Other definitions for lug (5 of 5)

Lug
[ lookh ]
/ lʊx /

noun
an ancient Irish god, probably a solar deity.
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How to use lug in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lug (1 of 4)

lug1
/ (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)

lug2
/ (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)

lug3
/ (lʌɡ) /

noun
nautical short for lugsail

British Dictionary definitions for lug (4 of 4)

lug4
/ (lʌɡ) /

noun
short for lugworm

Word Origin for lug

C16: origin uncertain
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