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pug

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[ puhg ]
/ pʌg /
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noun
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.
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Origin of pug

1
First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM pug

pug·gi·ness, nounpuggish, puggy, adjective

Other definitions for pug (2 of 4)

pug2
[ puhg ]
/ pʌg /

verb (used with object), pugged, pug·ging.
to fill or stop with clay or the like.
to knead (clay or the like) with water to make it plastic, as for brickmaking.
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 pug

2
First recorded in 1800–10; origin uncertain

Other definitions for pug (3 of 4)

pug3
[ puhg ]
/ pʌg /

noun Slang.
a boxer; pugilist.

Origin of pug

3
First recorded in 1855–60; short for pugilist

Other definitions for pug (4 of 4)

pug4
[ puhg ]
/ pʌg /

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

Origin of pug

4
First recorded in 1860–65; from Hindi pag “footprint”
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British Dictionary definitions for pug (1 of 3)

pug1
/ (pʌɡ) /

noun
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

Derived forms of pug

puggish, adjective

Word Origin for pug

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for pug (2 of 3)

pug2
/ (pʌɡ) /

verb pugs, pugging or pugged (tr)
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

Word Origin for pug

C19: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for pug (3 of 3)

pug3
/ (pʌɡ) /

noun
a slang name for boxer (def. 1)

Word Origin for pug

C20: shortened from pugilist
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