noun Nautical.

a small ship lug-rigged on two or three masts.

Origin of lugger

First recorded in 1785–95; lug(sail) + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lugger

Historical Examples of lugger

  • There have been more shots fired at this lugger than she could carry wore she loaded with them.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The lugger could be brought to Dead Man's Edge, and the horse led down to it.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • My first shock, on reaching the pier, was to see what they called the lugger.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • It will be a close thing; but I agree with you, I am afraid that the lugger will be here first.

  • Of course, my lugger does but a very small proportion of it.

    No Surrender!

    G. A. Henty

British Dictionary definitions for lugger



nautical a small working boat rigged with a lugsail

Word Origin for lugger

C18: from lugsail
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Word Origin and History for lugger

"small fishing or coasting boat," 1757, from lugsail (see lug (n.)) or else from Dutch logger "to fish with a dragnet."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper