pug

1
[puhg]
noun
  1. one of a breed of small, short-haired dogs having a tightly curled tail, a deeply wrinkled face, and a smooth coat that is black or silver and fawn with black markings.
  2. pug nose.

Origin of pug

1
First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain
Related formspug·gi·ness, nounpug·gish, pug·gy, adjective

pug

2
[puhg]
verb (used with object), pugged, pug·ging.
  1. to knead (clay or the like) with water to make it plastic, as for brickmaking.
  2. to fill or stop with clay or the like.
  3. to pack or cover with mortar or the like, as to deaden sound.
  4. to mix with water so as to form a paste.

Origin of pug

2
First recorded in 1800–10; origin uncertain

pug

3
[puhg]
noun Slang.
  1. a boxer; pugilist.

Origin of pug

3
First recorded in 1855–60; short for pugilist

pug

4
[puhg]
noun
  1. Also called pugmark. a footprint, especially of a game animal.
verb (used with object), pugged, pug·ging.
  1. to track (especially game) by following footprints or another spoor.

Origin of pug

4
First recorded in 1860–65, pug is from the Hindi word pag footprint
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British Dictionary definitions for pug

pug

1
noun
  1. Also called: carlin a small compact breed of dog with a smooth coat, lightly curled tail, and a short wrinkled nose
  2. any of several small geometrid moths, mostly of the genus Eupithecia, with slim forewings held outstretched at rest
Derived Formspuggish, adjective

Word Origin for pug

C16: of uncertain origin

pug

2
verb pugs, pugging or pugged (tr)
  1. to mix or knead (clay) with water to form a malleable mass or paste, often in a pug mill
  2. to fill or stop with clay or a similar substance
  3. (of cattle) to trample (the ground) into consolidated mud

Word Origin for pug

C19: of uncertain origin

pug

3
noun
  1. a slang name for boxer (def. 1)

Word Origin for pug

C20: shortened from pugilist
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Word Origin and History for pug
n.

1560s, general term of endearment (also puggy), probably related to puck (n.2); one of the earliest senses is "sprite, imp" (1610s). The sense of "miniature dog" is from 1749 (pug-dog); that of "monkey" is 1660s. The word at various times meant "a bargeman" (1590s), "a harlot" (c.1600), and "an upper servant in a great house" (1847).

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