pug

1
[ 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.

Origin of pug

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First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain
Related formspug·gi·ness, nounpug·gish, pug·gy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for puggy (1 of 4)

puggy

/ (ˈpʌɡɪ) /

adjective -gier or -giest

NZ sticky, claylike

Word Origin for puggy

probably from pug ²

British Dictionary definitions for puggy (2 of 4)

pug

1
/ (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 Formspuggish, adjective

Word Origin for pug

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for puggy (3 of 4)

pug

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/ (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 puggy (4 of 4)

pug

3
/ (pʌɡ) /

noun

a slang name for boxer (def. 1)

Word Origin for pug

C20: shortened from pugilist
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Word Origin and History for puggy

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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