- 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.
- pug nose.
Origin of pug1
- to knead (clay or the like) with water to make it plastic, as for brickmaking.
- to fill or stop with clay or the like.
- to pack or cover with mortar or the like, as to deaden sound.
- to mix with water so as to form a paste.
Origin of pug2
- a boxer; pugilist.
Origin of pug3
- Also called pugmark. a footprint, especially of a game animal.
- to track (especially game) by following footprints or another spoor.
Origin of pug4
Examples from the Web for pug
A giant silk-screen of Sophia Loren hung in the background; the couple's pug nuzzled at the trio's feet.Secrets of Online Sex
April 24, 2011
Then I laughed; they won't mind my getting rid of freckles and a pug nose.The Bacillus of Beauty
It came from the pug, which lay coiled up on the sofa, asleep.The Christian
"So you see what went when I went," the pug said, after a noisy pause.A Boswell of Baghdad
E. V. Lucas
They knew nothing of mythology; of pointed ears and pug noses and goat's feet.Gigolo
The spaniel and pug (p. 182) are most liable to bronchocele.
- Also called: carlin a small compact breed of dog with a smooth coat, lightly curled tail, and a short wrinkled nose
- any of several small geometrid moths, mostly of the genus Eupithecia, with slim forewings held outstretched at rest
- to mix or knead (clay) with water to form a malleable mass or paste, often in a pug mill
- to fill or stop with clay or a similar substance
- (of cattle) to trample (the ground) into consolidated mud
- a slang name for boxer (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for pug
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).