- a thick fabric for covering part of a floor, often woven of wool and often having an oblong shape with a border design.Compare carpet.
- the treated skin of an animal, used as a floor covering: a bear rug.
- Chiefly British. a piece of thick, warm cloth, used as a coverlet, lap robe, etc.
- Slang. toupee; hairpiece.
- cut a rug, Older Slang. to dance, especially to jitterbug.
Origin of rug
Examples from the Web for rug
The “24-hour news cycle” just makes them harder to sweep under the rug and ignore.I Blame People Who Blame the Media: Robert McCulloch’s Tone-Deaf Speech
November 25, 2014
Or, to put it more accurately: conflict is inevitably swept under the rug, at any and all costs.Don't Blame 'Football Culture' For Ray Rice And Jameis Winston
September 20, 2014
A barefoot corpse in camouflaged khakis is being carried into the street, partially wrapped in rug, as I enter the house.Who Is Behind Gaza's Mass Execution?
August 1, 2014
That is, until he ditches the crutches and really cuts a rug, to the delight of everyone looking on.Dancing Grandpas, Morgan Freeman Impressions, and More Viral Videos
July 27, 2014
Now the Supreme Leader has pulled the rug from under him in a public speech.Iran Supreme Leader Spills the Nuke Talk Secrets
July 12, 2014
He had the air of laying at her feet, as a rug, the whole glorious history of France.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"There it goes now," cried the child, jumping up from the rug.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
And on that rug was a fine representation of Mars, the god of war.The Boy Life of Napoleon
She stepped off the rug, went to the "express office," and took a card from the desk.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
I thought you might look for a rug, but I'd rather go with you to select it.Alice Adams
- a floor covering, smaller than a carpet and made of thick wool or of other material, such as an animal skin
- mainly British a blanket, esp one used as a wrap or lap robe for travellers
- slang a wig
- pull the rug out from under to betray, expose, or leave defenceless
- restricted users group
Word Origin and History for rug
1550s, "coarse fabric," of Scandinavian origin, cf. Norwegian dialectal rugga "coarse coverlet," from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft," from Proto-Germanic *rawwa-, perhaps related to rag (n.) and rough (adj.). Sense evolved to "coverlet, wrap" (1590s), then "mat for the floor" (1808). Meaning "toupee" is theater slang from 1940. Cut a rug "dance" is slang first attested 1942. To sweep (something) under the rug in the figurative sense is from 1954.
Idioms and Phrases with rug
see pull the rug out from under; sweep under the rug. Also see under carpet.