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
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Examples from the Web for puggy

Historical Examples of puggy

  • "Give me my puggy darling," she said in her loud, shrill tone.

    The Marriage of Elinor

    Margaret Oliphant

  • But he snapped at Puggy as we came down, which was a sign he felt it.

    The Marriage of Elinor

    Margaret Oliphant

  • I am to let you stay and grind through the afternoon for them and for my Puggy?

    Peggy

    Laura E. Richards

  • Perhaps the Goat is thinking of succeeding her Puggy in the rhetoric chair!

    Peggy

    Laura E. Richards

  • He called it "puggy," which is Scottish for monkey, because it jumped about so.

    Fifty Years of Golf

    Horace G. Hutchinson


British Dictionary definitions for puggy

puggy

adjective -gier or -giest
  1. NZ sticky, claylike

Word Origin for puggy

probably from pug ²

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

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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 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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